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MOHICANS 101


A Crash Course In Mohicaanology

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Ah! So many rumors, so many misperceptions in Mohicanland...

Gold Star Mohican Press has no affiliation with the actual Mohican tribe. All references to, and uses of, the name MOHICAN, apart from historical context, are derived from James Fenimore Cooper's literary work "The Last of the Mohicans" and Michael Mann's film adaptation of said work. This does not constitute fraud or copyright infringement.

Gold Star The Mohican Indians are not extinct. There is a Stockbridge Mohican Indian community in Wisconsin whose members are descendants of the 18th century eastern Mohicans. Look 'em up. Give 'em a call. Tell 'em Mr. Cooper sent you.

Gold Star James Fenimore Cooper is not guilty of eradicating the Mohican people, had no wish to wipe them out, was not ignorant of their continued existence, nor was he responsible for perpetuating the silly rumor that they no longer existed. His fictional title was not a factual declaration, but a symbolic choice. The title and novel itself must be understood within a literary context, not a literal one. With little effort, anyone is capable of discovering the status of the Mohican tribe, which is lively.

Gold Star Chingachgook was a real Delaware man; Uncas was a real Mohegan man. The two were not related, nor was either really a Mohican. Cooper created fictional characters with these same names for "The Leatherstocking Tales."  Clear it up any?

Gold Star The Mohegans and Mohicans, though descended from common Algonquian ancestors, are two distinctively different people. THEY ARE NOT THE SAME TRIBE.

Gold Star The Courier is not an actual 'publication,' though its falsehoods, gossip, and reported scandals closely mimic the standards of many contemporary media publications leading many to mistakenly believe it is real. The Mohican Press Courier is mere satire. But then, you knew that already or you would have run fast & far from this Godforsaken Colony.

Gold Star Jo is not a pipe bomb designer, though she would probably do very well in that particular occupation.

Gold Star Neuromancer is not a new age Casanova. He doesn't even come around anymore.

Gold Star There were Mohicans present at Fort William Henry, some as members of Rogers' Rangers, though none are known to have hung out with a guy named Hawkeye or Nathaniel or Pathfinder or .....

Gold Star The Courier advice columnist Doctor Mary is a charlatan, but her advice is nonetheless reasonable and her rates very fair. We still recommend her, though we'd caution against purchasing her bottled remedies or confessing embarrassing deeds.

Gold Star Miss Marcia is not handicapped, nor does she wield a heavy cane. She does, however, like to make fu-uudge and mint juleps, and speaks with a Scarlet O'Hara drawl. Please do not throw her out with the bath water on this one drawlback of character.

Gold Star James Fenimore Cooper does not merit a lynching; he deserves a literate audience and a verdict of innocent of all charges, save verbosity. Hasn't he suffered enough?

Gold Star Rich Fed is not really a king; just a tad power hungry. He does plagiarize from E. Lane at times and other times as well. Major personality flaw, but forgivable, writes Rich.

Gold Star The Hurons were not wiped out, but were "dispersed" through brutal attacks by their enemy, the Iroquois, in the 17th century. They were active during the colonial wars and remained staunchly pro-French throughout the conflicts.

Gold Star The Delaware and Hurons had good relations during the colonial period. Chingachgook would have liked THOSE  Mingos.

Gold Star The Mohawk and Mohicans, historically bitter enemies, turned out to be the two most loyal allies of the English during the French and Indian War. The famed chief King Hendrick was 1/2 Mohawk, 1/2 Mohican, making him a neat symbol of the Mohawk/Mohican alliance, don't you think?

Gold Star The Abenaki were wholly anti-English during the colonial period. The Fort William Henry massacre, in which the Abenaki played a leading role, may have had an element of pay back for a century of English hostilities in New England.

Gold Star The Mohicans and their eastern woodland neighbors did not, we repeat, did not live in teepees, nor did they utilize death scaffolds. They lived in bark covered homes and buried their dead just like other people of the region.

Gold Star Those cigar shop Indian guys are fake. Please do NOT buy anything from them. Remember the rule; Let the buyer beware!

Gold Star The French generally got on much better with the Indian people of North America than did the English. There are various reasons for this, cultural and religious attitudes being among them. Marriage was much more common between French and Indians than between English and Indians. In fact, some say the Seven Years War erupted over English anger & jealousy of the Latinate Lovers.

Gold Star Jo has still not found the answer to her missing horse question, nor has she really found her missing horse. Won't you please help today?

Gold Star During the filming of "The Last of the Mohicans," those who suffered the greatest trials and tribulations were a bunch of guys who made up the military cadre led by the relentless Captain Dale Dye. These guys were obliged to march and die under the scorching summer sun of LOTM's set each day.... and wear penitent's wool. War is hell.

Gold Star The historic Mohican homelands were primarily between New York and Connecticut's river valleys. The region bears many Mohican place names even today. The film location homelands are in western North Carolina, which bears many LOTM place names as well; Chimney Rock Park and Biltmore Estate being two particularly prominent sites.

Gold Star Humor is still allowed on the Mohican WWW Board. Please purchase your cents of humor from our various Traders today!

Gold Star Joseph Brandt was a minor in 1757. He was too young to own a 5 mile field at that time. Must have been another Joe.

Gold Star Mohican Press is not a publishing house. It's merely a 'Mohicaan' house that publishes its own press... and believes it.

Gold Star Michael Mann did not write "The Last of the Mohicans" and James Fenimore Cooper did not ruin Mann's work. We don't want to hear that ever, ever again.

Gold Star Soldiers #1 and #2 are not brothers. They don't even have the same parents.

Gold Star Jodhi May's double was not accidentally killed during the cliff scenes, nor was she intentionally killed. Someone has made a serious error on this diving point.

Gold Star The women who hang out at the WWW Board are not Huron. It's a convenient cover created as a diversion tactic lest blinded by the light Travoltaish Disco boys and urban cowboys accidentally wander away from their flashing strobes and stumble into Mohicanland.

Gold Star Mary L is not DDL's ex-wife. She hopes to be his next though. Marcia may present a problem there but we're sure the conflict can be worked out with civility.

Gold Star Tom Cruise was not Michael Mann's first choice for the role of Hawkeye and Kevin Costner did not serve as Historical Advisor for LOTM's Indian "aspects."

Gold Star Michelle Pfeiffer did not turn down the role of Cora in LOTM.

Gold Star Elizabeth Taylor did try out for the role of Cora in LOTM. Michael Mann reportedly felt that she wasn't quite what he had in mind and politely said, "We'll call you if the script undergoes any major changes or facelifts."

Gold Star Rich did not hire Lainey for her if-looks-can-kill looks. She's a highly skilled spell checker and very knowledgeable of cyberspace netiquette, as well as best friends with the principal actors of LOTM (which can be handy for interviews).

Gold Star Lainey did not hire Rich for his good sense of direction. She was simply utterly amazed he was able to find his way around MohicanLand (which can be handy for Guide Books).

Gold Star Neuromancer and Jodhi May have NOT eloped. They both just happen to live in the same country. Nothing more, nothing less.

Gold Star James Fenimore Cooper did like twigs and moccasins. That's quite normal for a wilderness boy who stepped on many twigs while wearing moccasins.

Gold Star She-who-tracks-Le Longue Carabine is not Nathaniel's ex-wife and there is no issue of alimony default. Please feel free to help in her search; it's truly for research, not entrapment.

Gold Star Leonardo DiCaprio was not considered for the part of "Uncas" in LOTM. He was much too young at the time of filming.

Gold Star "You the mann!" is not a phrase used on the Mohican Press site. We abhor such grammatical butchery.

Gold Star Rich Fed was not nominated for any Nobel Peace Prizes. E. Lane wasn't either. Their site hasn't even been nominated for a "Hot Pick" of the day. Oh well.

Gold Star LOTM is a fine film. "Titanic" simply can't be better! We're not buying it at all.

Gold Star Mohican Press gets some nice mail, but mostly hate mail. This pleases us.

Gold Star Steven Waddington was cast for the role of Major Duncan Heyward from the beginning. Rumors that he was originally going to portray Ongewasgone are not true.

Gold Star Filming for LOTM was entirely in western North Carolina. Nothing was shot in Arizona other than game that is irrelevant to our subject matter.

 Gold Star Mohican Press is not providing a small stipend to a core group of friendly posters. They are all volunteers.

 Gold Star Though we state this on our FAQ page, its importance warrants repeating here. We do not own any LOTM props other than Soldier #2. 

Gold Star Simply because we have a Site that centers around a film & a fictional literary work, it does not follow that we are ignorant of Mohican history. Check out our Site before casting stones ... if you please. You just might learn something.

Gold Star Filming for LOTM was entirely in western North Carolina. Nothing was shot in New York State other than fame that is relevant to our subject matter.

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MOHICAN GENESIS || FROM THE MOHICANS' LAND TO MOHICANLAND || SIX DEGREES TO LOTM || ALICE IN MOHICANLAND.... An Essay || MR. TWAIN'S CRITIQUING OFFENSES || THE COURIER || THE COURIER CLASSIFIEDS || DEAR DOCTOR MARY || DOCTOR MARY'S THERAPY ROOM || COUSIN EUGENIE SPEAKS OUT ... || LETTERS TO THE EDITORS || TREKKING IN THE WILDERNESS || NOTES FROM THE TRAIL ... || THE Mac WILLIAM CHRONICLES PHOTO GALLERY || THE MOHICANLAND MASSES || WHAT MAKES IT ALL WORTHWHILE ... Visitor Comments || THE VOLLEY FIRE || OPINE, O'MINE!


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