Ogimawkwe Mitigwaki (Queen of the Woods)

Ogimawkwe Mitigwaki (Queen of the Woods)

American Indian Studies

by Simon Pokagon

Foreword by Philip J. Deloria

Contributions by John N. Low , Margaret Noodin and Kiara M. Vigil

Published by: Michigan State University Press

215 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • ISBN: 9780870139871
  • Published: January 2011



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Simon Pokagon, the son of tribal patriarch Leopold Pokagon, was a talented writer, advocate for the Pokagon Potawatomi community, and tireless self-promoter.
     In 1899, shorty after his death, Pokagon's novel Ogimawkwe Mitigwaki (Queen of the Woods)—only the second ever published by an American Indian—appeared. It was intended to be a testimonial to the traditions, stability, and continuity of the Potawatomi in a rapidly changing world. Read today, Queen of the Woods is evidence of the author's desire to mark the cultural, political, and social landscapes with a memorial to the past and a monument to a future that included the Pokagon Potawatomi as distinct and honored people.
     This new edition offers a reprint of the original 1899 novel with the author's introduction to the language and culture of his people. In addition, new accompanying materials add context through a cultural biography, literary historical analysis, and linguistic considerations of the unusual text.