The Last of the Mohicans

Chingachgook Character Analysis

Uncas’s father, Chingachgook is a stoic and skilled warrior, and a close friend of Hawkeye’s. Chingachgook must watch over the funeral of his son at the close of the novel, and he celebrates his son’s life, even as he recognizes that the Mohican tribe of northern New York will end with him.

Chingachgook Quotes in The Last of the Mohicans

The The Last of the Mohicans quotes below are all either spoken by Chingachgook or refer to Chingachgook. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Bantam Classics edition of The Last of the Mohicans published in 1982.
Chapter 3 Quotes

These Indians know the nature of the woods, as it might be by instinct!

Related Characters: Hawkeye (speaker), Uncas, Chingachgook
Page Number: 29
Explanation and Analysis:

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Chapter 21 Quotes

We must get down to it, Sagamore, beginning at the spring, and going over the ground by inches. The Huron shall never brag in his tribe that he has a foot which leaves no print.

Related Characters: Hawkeye (speaker), Chingachgook
Page Number: 247
Explanation and Analysis:

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Chingachgook Character Timeline in The Last of the Mohicans

The timeline below shows where the character Chingachgook appears in The Last of the Mohicans. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...man is dressed in a scout’s attire and carries a long rifle; the native, called Chingachgook, is wearing only a small strip of cloth, and he carries a tomahawk and knife.... (full context)
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Chingachgook also states that the Mohicans have long been enemies of the Iroquois, also known as... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...runner, whose name is Magua, or Le Renard Subtil, in conversation, so that he (Hawkeye), Chingachgook, and Uncas can devise a plan either to capture him or scare him off. Hawkeye... (full context)
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...a sense of Magua’s treachery), Magua eludes his grasp and darts off into the forest. Chingachgook and Uncas, who have been lying in wait for Magua, emerge from the forest in... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Uncas, Chingachgook, and Hawkeye attempt to track Magua for a moment, but then return to Heyward, who... (full context)
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...as guides to convey the group to Fort William Henry. Hawkeye consults with Uncas and Chingachgook, and they agree they will help Heyward’s party, and that they require no monetary reward... (full context)
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Uncas and Chingachgook state, however, that the group must get rid of their horses. In particular, David’s colt... (full context)
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...has heard. Hawkeye, indignant, says that the Delawares and Mohicans still fight, as Uncas and Chingachgook show, and that the Maquas only want others to believe that the Mohicans, “like women,”... (full context)
Chapter 6
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Hawkeye, Uncas, and Chingachgook direct Heyward, David, Alice, and Cora into the caverns near the waterfalls, showing them that,... (full context)
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Hawkeye, Uncas, and Chingachgook go off to another part of the cave to sleep, and Heyward, after inspecting the... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...Cora and Alice to hide with David in the cavern; Heyward joins Hawkeye, Uncas, and Chingachgook in lowering himself on the rocks, hoping to take aim at the Maquas as they... (full context)
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...stab Heyward, Uncas stabs the warrior from behind, saving Heyward’s life. Heyward, Hawkeye, Uncas, and Chingachgook then scamper back up the rocks to the shelter of the cavern, having killed all... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Uncas, Chingachgook, and Hawkeye attempt to aim at the Mingo in the tree, and Hawkeye, after taking... (full context)
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...river; the band is now left without any means of fighting off the Maquas. Uncas, Chingachgook, and Hawkeye go into a state of mourning, one that Cooper seems to think “peculiar”... (full context)
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...however, dispute that the band has to die at all. Cora tells Hawkeye, Uncas, and Chingachgook to float downstream and carry word back to Ford Edward, asking for reinforcements to find... (full context)
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Hawkeye and Chingachgook float downstream, although Uncas is loath to follow—he appears to feel devoted to Cora, but... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...around, into the beauty of the forest, as the Mingos have pulled back and Uncas, Chingachgook, and Hawkeye have now floated downstream. Heyward sees only the birds and trees of the... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Hawkeye, Uncas, and Chingachgook storm into the clearing, determined to kill all the Mingos present. Heyward grabs the tomahawk... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...Heyward wishes to keep watch during the night, Hawkeye says it would be better for Chingachgook and Uncas to do so, since they are accustomed to the “native” manner of stalking... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...this story, and the French soldier permits them to pass. As they walk by, however, Chingachgook sneaks into the forest, finds the French soldier, quickly kills him and scalps him, returning... (full context)
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...they can send the Mohicans ahead, to kill Frenchmen in the fashion so demonstrated by Chingachgook, allowing the band to follow; or the whole band can travel along a high ledge,... (full context)
Chapter 18
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The morning after, Munro, Heyward, Hawkeye, Uncas, and Chingachgook walk out on the field where the massacre has taken place. The Hurons have fled,... (full context)
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Uncas, Chingachgook, and Hawkeye also find signs of David’s and Magua’s footprints and clothing near Cora’s torn... (full context)
Chapter 19
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Chingachgook and Uncas eat around a campfire within the ruined fort, and Munro retires to his... (full context)
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...nearby, perhaps hoping to pick off any remaining Englishmen he sees by the light of Chingachgook’s campfire. Suddenly, a shot rings out in the fort, and Chingachgook is nearly hit; Uncas... (full context)
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Heyward withdraws a few paces and watches as Uncas, Chingachgook, and Hawkeye dine around their fire and converse in the Delaware language (also the language... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...has the five men of the band slide into a Mohican canoe, which Uncas and Chingachgook then paddle up the river and into the “open” waters of Lake George. Hawkeye believes... (full context)
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Uncas, Chingachgook, and Hawkeye begin paddling the canoe, with Heyward and Munro sitting towards its rear. As... (full context)
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Hawkeye, Uncas, and Chingachgook take up paddling again, and continue for hours until they reach an alcove, where they... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...rarely traversed by white settlers—English or French—and not very well known even by natives. Uncas, Chingachgook, and Hawkeye hunt for traces of Magua and the two young women, but finding very... (full context)
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...creek and finds the faintest imprint of a moccasin, about the size of David’s feet—Uncas, Chingachgook, and Hawkeye conclude that David has been forced into native shoes and has been made... (full context)
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Suddenly, Uncas, Chingachgook, and Hawkeye realize that David, perhaps, became tired in his walking—Magua’s and the two young... (full context)
Chapter 22
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Hawkeye, Uncas, Chingachgook, Munro, and Heyward begin speaking to David. David says that Alice and Cora are all... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...in his disguise as a fool and medicine man, and reminds Heyward that Hawkeye and Chingachgook remain in the surrounding woods as protection, in case Heyward should need it. Heyward walks... (full context)
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...at Fort William Henry, including Uncas’s rescue of the two sisters, with the help of Chingachgook and Hawkeye. When another warrior, seething with anger at the Hurons Uncas has killed, tries... (full context)
Chapter 27
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...do not look back, they do not see that one of the beavers is actually Chingachgook in beaver-disguise—he has overheard the Hurons’ plan. (full context)
Chapter 30
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...a tortoise, the animal sacred to the Mohicans. Tamenund recognizes that Uncas, and his father Chingachgook, are both children of a band of warriors renowned among the Delaware people, the final... (full context)
Chapter 32
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...Huron opposition, however, Heyward and Hawkeye hear shots fired from behind enemy lines, and recognize Chingachgook and Munro, who have been hiding in the woods away from danger—the two are making... (full context)
Chapter 33
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...village. In the Delaware funeral ceremony, Munro sits with Cora’s body in one ring, and Chingachgook with Uncas’s in another. Tamenund, patriarch of the Delawares, rises to speak, saying that Manitou,... (full context)
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...done on behalf of his family. Hawkeye, still “a man without a cross,” joins with Chingachgook in watching the Delawares wrap Uncas’s body in animal skins; he is then laid to... (full context)