NATTY "HAWKEYE" BUMPPO & CHINGACHGOOK
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James Fenimore Cooper
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Nathaniel "Natty" Bumppo is the protagonist of James Fenimore Cooper's pentalogy of novels known as the Leatherstocking Tales.
Natty Bumppo, although the child of white parents, grew up with Native Americans, becoming a near-fearless warrior skilled in many weapons, one of which is the long rifle. Hawkeye (one of his many nicknames) respects his forest home and all its inhabitants, hunting only what he needs to survive. And when it comes time to fire his trusty flintlock, he lives by the rule, "One shot, one kill." He and his Mohican "brother" Chingachgook champion goodness by trying to stop the incessant conflict between the Mohicans and the Hurons.
Before his appearance in "The Deerslayer", Bumppo went by the aliases of "Straight-Tongue", "The Pigeon", and the "Lap-Ear". After buying his first rifle, he gained the name of "Deerslayer". He is subsequently known as "Hawkeye" and "La Longue Carabine" in "The Last of the Mohicans", "Pathfinder" in "The Pathfinder", "Leatherstocking" in "The Pioneers", and "the trapper" in "The Prairie".
Chingachgook was a fictional character in four of James Fenimore Cooper's five Leatherstocking Tales, including "The Last of the Mohicans". Chingachook was a lone Mohican chief and companion of the series' hero, Natty Bumppo. Chingachgook married Wah-ta-Wah, who bore him a son named Uncas but died while she was still young. Uncas, who was at his birth "last of the Mohicans", grew to manhood but was killed in a battle with the Huron warrior Magua. Chingachgook died as an old man in the novel "The Pioneers", which makes him the actual "last of the Mohicans," having outlived his son.
Chingachgook is said to have been modeled after a real-life wandering Mohican basket maker and hunter named Captain John. The fictional character, occasionally called John Mohegan in the series, was an idealized embodiment of the traditional noble savage. The French often refer to Chingachgook as “Le Grand Serpent”, the Great Snake, because he understands the winding ways of men's nature and he can strike a sudden, deadly blow.