Michigan and the Great Lakes

Indian Names in Michigan

Virgil J. Vogel
Vogel traces the origin of hundreds of Indian place names


Indian Names in Michigan traces the origin of hundreds of place-names given to counties, towns, lakes, rivers, and topographical features of the Great Lakes State. These melodic names that enrich our appreciation for the romantic past of our state record the culture and history of both the American Indian and the white settler. Most of the Indian names borne by Michigan's cities, counties, lakes, and rivers are those of Indian tribes and individuals. Settlers named places not only for the resident tribes, but also for tribes in the states they had left, and even for tribes in the West that they had never seen. Indian Names in Michigan is written for all local history enthusiasts and anyone interested in Indian history and culture.

Virgil J. Vogel received his doctorate degree in history from the University of Chicago. For over twenty-five years he studied and wrote about Native American history. In addition to three books, he wrote over seventy articles on Indian history, culture, and medicine.

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I     Michigan: The Name          1
II     Tribal Names          6
III     Ojibwa Personal Names          27
IV     Ottawa Personal Names          41
V     Potawatomi Personal Names          51
VI     Other Personal Names          63
VII     Names from Literature and Legend          67
VIII     Artificial "Indian" Names          81
IX     Rank, Gender, and Ethnic Names          87
X     Material Culture Names          91
XI     The Spirit World          100
XII     Names from Fauna          104
XIII     Names from Flora          114
XIV     Rivers, Streams, and Lakes          122
XV     Topography and Geology          134
XVI     Descriptive Names          145
XVII     Commemorative Names          152
XVIII     Names Borrowed from Other States          155
XIX     Indian Names from Outside the United States          170
XX     French-Indian Names          176
XXI     Potpourri          183
XXII     Michigan Indians Today          188
Bibliography          193
Index          213
Illustrations          following page 126

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  • 6 x 9.
  • 244pp.
  • 8 B&W photographs & 3 maps.
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  • 1986
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