Natty Bumppo is a white child grown (= cresciuto) with Native Americans. He becomes a brave warrior expert in using many weapons (= armi) , especially the long rifle (= fucile a canna lunga). He respects nature and hunts (= caccia) only if he needs. Natty Bampoon is also called Deerslayer (= cacciatore di daini), Hawkeye (= occhio di falco), Longue Carabine, Pathfinder (=cercatore di sentieri), Leatherstocking (=Calza di cuoio) and the trapper (= cacciatore con trappole) in the various books of the series. Natty and his Mohican “brother” Chingachgook always try to stop the never-ending conflict between the Mohicans and the Hurons. Chingachgook is a Mohican chief and companion of Bumppo. He married Wah-ta-Wah who died young. The couple had a son Uncas, the last of the Mohicans, killed in a battle with renegade Magua. Chingachgook dies quite old in the novel The Pioneers and so is the real Last of the Mohicans, having outlived (= sopravvissuto a )his son.
The model for Chingachgook was probably a real wander(= vagabondo) Mohican basket maker (= costruttore di cestini) and hunter (= cacciatore) named Captain John. The character is sometimes called John Mohegan by the English and Le Grand Serpent, the Great Snake (= serpente) by the French because he understands the language of nature and knows when to strike (= colpire). In the novels he embodies the traditional noble savage. Chingachgook’s dream is to create a group of volunteers from all the nations of the
Delaware river valley to support and protect their interest. His son Uncas was the first member of such a group called the Order of the Arrow. This order still survives in as a program of the Boy Scouts. America
Various adaptations were made of the leather-tockings tales: in 1920, 1932, 1936, 1943, 1957, 1971 (a BBC serial), in 1977.
In 1992 the most recent version of The Last of the Mohicans was directed by Michael Mann with Daniel Day-Lewis as Natty Bampoo and Russell Means as Chingachgook.