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Departure of Hiawatha, ca. 1868

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Departure of Hiawatha, ca. 1868 / NPS, Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site

The famous artist, Albert Bierstadt, painted this little scene of <em>Hiawatha's Departure</em> for Papa's honorary dinner in London. Have you heard "The Song of Hiawatha?" It was inspired by the beautiful oral traditions of the American Indians. Papa knew Indians in Maine, read the work of the folklore author Mr. Schoolcraft, and wove his own legends. <em>Hiawatha</em> sold over 50,000 copies in five years. Do you hear the rhythm and repetition in these lines?

By the shores of Gitche Gumee,
By the shining Big-Sea Water
Stood the wigwam of Nokomis
Daughter of the Moon, Nokomis.


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