This section includes material about individuals or families.
Brazer, Marjorie Cahn. Harps Upon the Willows: The John Johnston Family of the Old Northwest. Ann Arbor, MI: Historical Society
of Michigan, 1993.
Settling in 1792 at Sault Ste. Marie, one of the major cross
roads of the upper Great Lakes, the Johnston family left an indelible
mark on the history of a vast region.
Britt, Albert. Great Indian Chiefs: A Study of Indian Leaders in the Two Hundred Year Struggle to Stop the White Advance. NY:
Whittlesey House, 1938.
Includes Pontiac and Tecumseh.
Buechner, Cecilia Bain. The Pokagons. Indianapolis, IN: Indiana Historical Society Publications, 1933.
Pays tribute to Leopold and Simon Pokagon.
Bryce, George. Sketch of the Life of John Tanner, A Famous Manitoba Scout. Winnipeg: Manitoba Free Press, 1888.
A paper read before the Historical and Scientific Society of Manitoba in 1888.
Chapman, Charles. The Historic Johnston Family. Lansing, MI: State Pioneer and Historical Society, 1902.
With added photos inside front cover.
Chute, Janet E. The Legacy of Shingwaukonse: A Century of Native Leadership. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998.
Leader at Garden River near Sault Ste. Marie. Chute contributes
to anthropological debates about Ojibwa leadership and to a historical
understanding of the relationship between Native people and newcomers.
Clark, Rufus Wheelwright. Adario, The Rat. Address before the Society of Colonial Wars of the State of Michigan, 1902.
Of all the Huron chiefs, Kondiarunk or Adario, was best known as
an example of leadership. To him and his counsels were the first
settlers upon the Great Lakes indebted for a successful occupation of
Dowd, James P. Thunders Speak: Biographies of Nine Special Original People. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1999.
Includes Shabni, Big Foot Man, Billy Cadwell, The First Light
(Wabansi) all of whom are Potawatomie or Ottawa Indians of the Great
Groves, G.I. Famous American Indians. Chicago, IL: G.I. Groves, 1944.
Short biographies of several mid west Native Americans:
Hiawatha, Nissowaquet, Pontiac, Captain Pipe, Tecumseh, The Prophet,
Shingabawassin, Topenebee, Black Hawk, Shabonee, White Pigeon, Hole in
the Day, Blackbird, Sassaba "The Wolf," Metea, Nanawonggabe, Shavehead,
Peter Jones, George Copway, White Cloud, Simon Pokagon, Charles Eastman.
Hambleton, Elizabeth and Elizabeth Warren Stoutamire. The John Johnston Family of Sault Ste. Marie. The John Johnston Family
This publication celebrates the two hundredth anniversary of the
marriage in 1792 of John Johnston and Oshauguscodaywayquay.
Ilko, John A. Compiler. Ojibwa Chiefs 1690-1890: An Annotated Listing. Troy, NY: Whitston, 1995.
This book is an attempt to acknowledge and honor past leaders of
the Ojibwa tribe. The geographic area coverage includes Michigan.
Johnston, Charles H. L.Famous Indian Chiefs: Their Battles, Treaties, Sieges, and Struggles with the Whites for the Possession of America. Boston, MA: Page, 1909.
Includes Pontiac, Tecumseh and Black Hawk.
Lewis, James Otto. The American Indian Portfolio: An Eyewitness to History 1823-1828. Kent: Volair Limited, 1980.
Portrait and information about each person or event. Includes:
Kaa Nun Der Waaguinse Zoo, The Berry Picker, a Chippewa chief; Nabu Naa
Kee Shick, the Other Side of the Sky, a Chippewa chief; Shing Gaa Ba
Wosin, the Figured Stone, a Chippewa chief; Wa Em Besh Kass, A Chippewa
chief; Menoquet, a Pottawatomie chief; and the Pipe Dance and Tomahawk
Dance of the Chippewa tribe.
McSpadden, J. Walker. Indian Heroes. NY: Thomas Y Crowell, 1928.
Includes Pontiac, Little Turtle, Tecumseh, and Black Hawk.
O'Meara, Walter. The Last Portage. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1962.
Based on John Tanner.
Sagatoo, Mary A. Wah Sash Kak Moqua: or, Thirty Three Years Among the Indians. Boston, MA: Charles A White, 1897.
She married a Chippewa Indian and lived with his family in the
Saginaw area. Includes "Dr. Palmer's Experience among the Indians during
the Smallpox Epidemic at Saganing, Michigan."
Sugden, John. Blue Jacket: Warrior of the Shawnees. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2000.
Blue Jacket was the most influential Native American leader of his time. He was in the Detroit area many times.
Tanner, John. A Narrative of the Captivity and Adventures of John Tanner During Thirty Years Residence Among the Indians in the Interior of North America. NY: Carvell, 1830.
Minneapolis, MN: Ross and Haines, 1956.
Tanner presents a detailed picture of his life among the Indians of the Great Lakes area.
Thatcher, B.B. Indian Biography: or, An Historical Account of Those Individuals Who Have Been Distinguished Among the North American Natives as Orators, Warriors, Statesmen, and Other Remarkable Characters. NY: J and J Harper, 1832. 2 volumes
Volume Two includes Pontiac and Tecumseh.
Van Dusen, Conrad. The Indian Chief: An Account of the Labours, Losses, Sufferings, and Oppression of Ke-Zig-Ki-E-Ne-We (David Sawyer), A Chief of the Ojibbeway Indians in Canada West. London: W. Nichols,
Of particular interest is the explanation that a number of
Michigan Potawatomis threatened with removal to the west in 1828 took
refuge among the Ojibway in the Owen Sound area and were adopted by that
Werich, J. Lorenzo. Pioneer Hunters of the Kankakee. L. Lorenzo Werich, 1920.
Tecumseh and Potawatomie Indians in Indiana.
Wood, Norman B. Lives of Famous Indian Chiefs. Aurora, IL: American Indian Historical Pub., 1906.
Includes Pontiac, Tecumseh and Black Hawk.