Tecumseh and the Prophet | Peter Cozzens
Presented by the History Book Festival
November 19 | 5 PM
This biography of the great Shawnee leader Tecumseh is the first to make clear that his misunderstood younger brother, Tenskwatawa, was an equal partner in the last great pan-Indian alliance against the United States. Tenskwatawa has been dismissed as a talentless charlatan and a drunk, but historian Peter Cozzen shows that while Tecumseh was a brilliant diplomat and war leader, it was Tenskwatawa, called the “Shawnee Prophet,” who created a doctrine of religious and cultural revitalization that unified the disparate tribes of the Old Northwest.