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The Lone Woman and Last Indians Digital Archive

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Generations of schoolchildren have been introduced to the story of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island through Scott O'Dell's Newberry-winning novel Island of the Blue Dolphins. For readers interested in the historical basis behind O'Dell's fictionalized account of a Native American woman who lived alone on an island for 18 years, the Lone Woman and Last Indians Digital Archive provide a wealth of information that is well worth exploring. This archive "collects, transcribes, annotates, and maps more than 450 nineteenth and twentieth-century documents relevant to the story of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island," offering visitors an in-depth resource that "seeks to facilitate research on the Lone Woman as both a historical figure and as a mythic representation of the American Indian." Readers can search and browse the archive by a variety of fields. The archive also includes discussions of the literary and cultural tropes connected to the Lone Woman's story, as well as an interactive map showing how her story circulated around the world. The Lone Woman and Last Indians Digital Archive was edited by Sara Schwebel, Professor of English at the University of South Carolina, and produced collaboratively with the Channel Islands National Park.
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Date of Scout Publication 2018-11-30
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2018/1130

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