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BOOK - Tecumseh's Bones, A historical mystery about the deception behind the death, burial, and legacy of the great Shawnee chief, Tecumseh
By Guy St-Denis
Published by McGill-Queen's University Press, Kingston, 2010

Hardcover...44.95 (C$)

A historical mystery about the deception behind the death, burial, and legacy of the great Shawnee chief, Tecumseh.

Chief Tecumseh's death at the Battle of the Thames marked a turning point in the Anglo-American War of 1812. It was also the beginning of a mystery: the mutilation of Native corpses thwarted American attempts to identify Tecumseh's remains, giving rise to the belief that his body had been secretly recovered by his warriors. Tecumseh's Bones teases fact from fiction in the myths and legends surrounding the great chief's burial.

Part detective story, part historical inquiry, this book explores the countless attempts to locate the chief's grave and raise a monument in his honour. The first substantial book on the subject based primarily on Canadian material and packed with vivid descriptions of regional life in the nineteenth century, Tecumseh's Bones examines changing attitudes towards Natives, sheds light on their relations with early Euro-Canadian settlers, and highlights the role of women in shaping the folklore traditions associated with the Shawnee chief.

Drawing on a wealth of archival material, most of which has never been published, Tecumseh's Bones will fascinate history buffs, historians, and mystery lovers.

Contents include
  • List of Illustrations
  • Preface
  • introduction
  • CHAPTER ONE - Shaping the Mystery
  • CHAPTER TWO - A Patriotic Fiasco
  • CHAPTER THREE - Racists and Revisionists
  • CHAPTER FOUR - Confusing the Issue
  • CHAPTER FIVE - Beyond the Exhumation
  • CHAPTER SIX - Charlatans, By and Large
  • CHAPTER SEVEN - Ambitious Warriors
  • CHAPTER EIGHT - A Monument or Two
  • Conclusion
  • A Chronology of the Mystery
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
Review quotes
  • This thoroughly original work casts new light on the enduring mystery of Tecumseh's fate, brilliantly demonstrating how history and myth converge.
    John Sugden, author of Tecumseh, A Life
  • Through meticulous use of a variety of sources, Guy St-Denis lays to rest the many local stories and legends about the death of Tecumseh and the fate of his bones. There are no other works like this.
    Douglas Leighton, professor of history, Huron College, the University of Western Ontario
Guy St-Denis is an award-winning independent scholar who has written extensively on southwestern Ontario history.

  • 320 pages
  • 6 x 9
  • 25 b&w photographs
  • ISBN 9780773528437
  • Hardcover with dust jacket

  • Winner of the J.J. Talman Award, Ontario Historical Society
  • Published by McGill-Queen's University Press, Kingston, 2010
  • ISBN 13: 9780773537316

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