Re: Chingachgook's Birth Name

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Posted by Gayle on May 03, 1999 at 12:06:44:

In Reply to: Re: Chingachgook's Birth Name posted by Elaine on May 03, 1999 at 11:40:23:

: : : Could someone please tell me Chingachgook's birthname or his original one?

: : Chingachgook, as an hereditary chief of the Turtle Clan of the Mohican tribe, bore the name of his father and grandfather, and of course his son - Uncas.

: : Gayle

: Hi Gayle,

: "My tribe is the grandfather of nations ...... my boy is the last of the Mohicans."

: Actually, Chingachgook is Delaware. Uncas' mother is Mohican.

: Elaine


The relationship between the Delawares and the Mohicans is one I never got straight, because Cooper seems to intermix the terms so much. However, I think your quote is from the movie, while I am, as usual, going on the books. In The Wept of Wish Ton Wish, Chingachgook's father, Uncas, plays a part. And in the book Last of The Mohicans, Chingachgook explains that his grandfather, his father, he and his son all bear the hereditary name. Again, there is kind of a fuzzy idea of whether it is a Delaware or Mohican name of descent. We're getting into the matriarchy thing here, are we not?


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