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Reviewed by Valerie Rouse for Readers' Favorite
Shadows in the Forest chronicles the Indian descendants of Illinois, U.S.A. Author Tim. L. Jarvis took great pleasure in tracing the historical roots of the Illinois Indians. He even went on to portray the demise of the tribe as a result of several wars that extinguished many of its members. In the seventeenth century, there was evidence that a large group of the Inoca Indians lived near the valley of the Mississippi River. They were discovered by French missionaries. In 1673, missionary Father Jacques Marquette stumbled upon these Indians. There were different subsections of the Illinois Indians like the Chipussea, Maronas, Espeminkia, etc. Some Indians were even discovered in Miami. The French engaged in a brisk trade with the Indians as the Illinois area was rich in furs and natural resources. In the latter half of the book, the author explored his fascination with historical re-enactments. He is dedicated to this activity. He even stipulated the correct way to dress for the portrayal of Illinois Indians from the hair pieces down to the moccasins.
Shadows in the Forest is an interesting glimpse into American history. Even though you might see an episode on television showing war between Indians and the cavalry, this book is an in-depth piece of literature that is needed for true literary consumption. I was fascinated by the detailed accounts of the activities of the Illinois Indians. I appreciated the extensive research undertaken by author Tim. L. Jarvis to produce this historical masterpiece. It truly captures a forgotten and probably misunderstood race. I marvel at the fact that information dated as far back as the 1600s was carefully preserved to assist in the shaping of this book. The language used is semi-formal to reflect the serious nature of the work. The use of colorful photos of the author and his comrades help to make the book more palatable. I love the intense passion of the author for history which is clearly evident throughout the pages. His dedication to the preservation of the legacy of the Illinois Indians is quite obvious and is truly admirable. I recommend this book to all history buffs and persons who appreciate historical literature.