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We should have established this a long time ago. Here at Mohican Press, we have been subjected to many criticisms through the years - some valid, some not so - from, among others, the BIA, fan clubs, tribal agencies, and unknowns. We've responded, sometimes via E-Mail, sometimes via our WWWBoard. We've made changes ... or not. Much of the criticism has been provocative, and we now - in the year 2002 - feel it would be best to respond here on the Site proper for you - the visitor - to make your own decisions.
 This is our chance to opine!

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VOLLEY ONE!

  • here is my opinion on the movie last of the mohicans, this is what gets me, by the title it makes one think that the Mohicans are a dead tribe , that no longer exists. and this simply is not the truth, I am of American Indian descent, and my grandfather was a member of the Stockbridge Munsee band of mohicans, we are Mohicans, descended from those proud warriors that Mr Cooper chose to write about and there are many of us left, I am also of Oneida Indian blood and while most people can accept the fact that I am Oneida when I mention the Mohican blood they say well I thought that tribe died out, what about the book? last of the mohicans? it really is just that, a book, not a historical account. and I just want people to know that we are still here! we did not die out ! that is all I want to say. while it is interesting the book is not history. it is not an accurate account of anything. it is simply a story to entice the imagination ~ Crystal

RETURN FIRE!

  • We hear sentiments similar to this from time to time - though, certainly Crystal's is in one of the more polite forms. We find it most unfortunate that some members of the Mohican tribe choose to reflect upon it in this manner. Seems, to us, they are missing out on a lot of the color and enhancing imagery of the literary world. Cooper was a writer. He grew up in the area of which he wrote. He wrote not too removed, time-wise, from the actual events. There is history to be had in the novel, The Last of the Mohicans. Even more, in the form of authentic visual detail, in the 1992 film. "Just a book ...." Wow. The history of most of the civilized world is recorded with the written word ... "just books"!
    Contrary to the above stated observation, Cooper did not write, literally, of the last Mohican. He wrote of the perceived imminent extinction of a race. Thankfully, that catastrophic calamity never quite occurred - at least on a grand scale - but who can argue that European encroachment in this New World has not been called "genocide" by some of the very people who crucify Cooper for the favor of immortalizing a People!
    The Last of the Mohicans is not the only book or film ever made. The Mohicans are not the only people who have ever been the subject of same. The uproar is ludicrous. No one REALLY thinks there are no more Mohicans. Certainly, we don't, Cooper didn't, and neither does Michael Mann. It is historical fiction with a good message. It has endured. Let's leave it be ... please!?!

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