Book Review: Wyandot folk-lore

Wyandot folk-lore
By William Elsey Connelley

Wyandot folk-lore is a study of the Wyandot culture and folk tales. It was published in the late 1800s and the copy I read was a republication by the Library of Congress, created from a scan of the book. The quality of the scan is about what one would expect from a quick scan job. The pages on the right are not aligned with the pages on the left, but no pages were missing and everything was readable.

The book itself was rather interesting. If you are looking for a book about the myths and legends of the Wyandot people, this book is NOT it. The last twenty or so pages are Wyandot folk tales, but I was not all that impressed with the quality. I have read most of the tales before in better written versions.

That being said, if you are looking for a book on the politics and structure of the ancient Wyandot nation, this may be the book for you. I learned quite a bit I didn’t know before about the Wyandots, which was interesting to me because a family legend places an ancestor of mine in the Wyandot tribe.

The quality of writing wasn’t the greatest and the author seemed to have an over-inflated sense of his own importance. If you can look past that, this book is a fairly interesting and worthwhile read.

This review originally appeared 16 February 2013 on

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