The idea for the cover came from my wanting to "bookend" the character Hiawatha in the two symbols that represented his birth and death as well as splitting the man from the legend.
Unfortunately, I felt the harsh black and white palate I originally chose ended up looking to "graphic novel" which wasn't my intention (however could be a cool idea). So, below is a version where I recolored the book to soften it up making it feel a bit more poetic and fitting to Longfellow's original story. 
Below is the original ink sketch I did of the cover that I scanned in and finished in Photoshop, as well as some of my early Hiawatha concept sketches before I landed on what is on the final cover.
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