This fascinating autobiography chronicles the life of John Tanner (the Falcon) who was captured in 1789 at the age of nine by the Shawnee tribe and then sold to an Ojibwa family with whom he spent the first half of his adult life ranging the north woods of Minnesota, Michigan, and Ontario. Tanner attempted to return to white society but ultimately decided his home was with the Ojibwa.
Most of the book deals with his life among the Indians. This is a good antidote to the idealized vision of Native Americans, and the negative stereotypes as well, even though some of those are certainly present. In his dealings with the Indians he experiences amazing acts kindness and generosity, shocking cruelty and fair number of just plain jerks. There are dozens of events in his life that would qualify as the craziest thing that ever happened to you or anyone you know, and most of us will never know that kind of hardship even once.