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"The Acts and Character of Nan Bo Shoo" narrative

 Collection — Folder: S0979
Identifier: S0979

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the handwritten narrative titled, "The Acts and Character of Nan bo Shoo," circa 1830. The name "Nan bo Shoo" is a misspelling of the Potawatomi legendary hero "Nanabozho." Nanabozho is known by a number of names among the Anishinaabe tribes and his character and attributes vary among the stories from the different Native American communities. The narrative in this collection was likely written down by Col. Abel C. Pepper, an Indian agent in Indiana in the 1830s and great-grandfather of the donor of the narrative, Gertrude P. Moore.


  • circa 1830

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

The Potawatomi people are Native Americans of the Algonquian language family. They originally resided on lands around the Great Lakes region, including what is now Northern Indiana. On September 4, 1838, the Potawatomi were forcibly removed from Indiana and taken to reservation land in Kansas. This removal is known as the Potawatomi Trail of Death.

The Potawatomi had many folktales and traditional stories passed down from one generation to the next. Nanabozho (Nanabush) is a legendary hero in stories and often portrayed as a trickster. Sources:

"Legendary Native American Figures: Nanabozho (Nanabush)." Native Languages of the Americas. Accessed September 1, 2017.

"The Trail of Death." The History Museum. Accessed September 1, 2017.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Gertrude P. Moore in 1973/07.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/09/01 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2017/09/01 by Laura Eliason.
"The Acts and Character of Nan Bo Shoo" narrative
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.