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The Last Algonquin

by Theodore Kazimiroff

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This story is amazing. I realise it's considered fiction, but the fact is, this is a real story about real people. There are poignant moments, moments of complete unadulterated prejudice, and a story of a lifetime surrounding the days of the Civil War without becoming immersed in it. Even in the eastern US, where it touched heavily, there were small pockets where it wasn't affected by it much at all. The story of Joe Two Trees should never be dismissed as trifling. ( )
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As recently as 1924, a lone Algonquin Indian lived quietly in Pelham Bay Park, a wild and isolated corner of New York City. Joe Two Trees was the last of his people, and this is the gripping story of his bitter struggle, remarkable courage, and constant quest for dignity and peace.
By the 1840s, most of the members of Joe’s Turtle Clan had either been killed or sold into slavery, and by the age of thirteen he was alone in the world. He made his way into Manhattan, but was forced to flee after killing a robber in self defense; from there, he found backbreaking work in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Finally, around the time of the Civil War, Joe realized there was no place for him in the White world, and he returned to his birthplace to live out his life alone—suspended between a lost culture and an alien one. Many years later, as an old man, he entrusted his legacy to the young Boy Scout who became his only friend, and here that young boy’s son passes it on to us.
Theodore Kazimiroff, the son of Joe Two Trees’s young confidant, writes historical, environmental, and natural history articles for several magazines. He lives in Bayville, New York.

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An account of the life of an Algonquin Indian, the last of his tribe, who was still living in a New York City Park in 1924.

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