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By James E. Seaver

Mary Jemison was once the most well-known white captives who, after being captured via Indians, selected to stick and stay between her captors. in the middle of the Seven Years War(1758), at approximately age fifteen, Jemison used to be taken from her western Pennsylvania domestic via a Shawnee and French raiding get together. Her kinfolk was once killed, yet Mary used to be traded to 2 Seneca sisters who followed her to switch a slain brother. She lived to outlive Indian husbands, the births of 8 teenagers, the yankee Revolution, the battle of 1812, and the canal period in upstate ny. In 1833 she died at approximately age 90.

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Pp. 7678 below. Daniel K. " For the replacement of population through war (called "Mourning War"), see Richter, "Ordeals of the Longhouse," in Daniel K. Richter and James H. , Beyond the Covenant Chain, 1139. Tom Cook reminded me that not only Jemison herself but all of her children probably were given Seneca names by the clan mothers at the Midwinter or the Green Corn ceremony; however, I found no record of these. Correspondence, Tom Cook, December 7, 1988. '' Arthur C. Parker claims that no such construction exists in Seneca, and says her name was Dehgewanus, meaning the sound of falling voices.

1 and 2 and in June Namias, White Captives. Page 12 Although Jemison's story follows the basic format of the captivity narrative, it differs from most others in three significant respects. Jemison's narrative was one of the first lengthy narratives of Indian captivity in the nineteenth century told by a woman. " Second, it includes many sympathetic portrayals of Indians and Indian life, which were only occasionally present in earlier examples of the genre. Along with contemporary narratives by male captives Col.

Perhaps part of its popularity was due to Jemison's ability to achieve what nineteenth-century American culture could not: an accommodation between two cultures, a womanhood that balanced strength with caring, and an ability to adapt with integrity. Yet her story also contained many familiar elements of the captivity narrative: separation, loss, brutality. A White Woman's Story and An Indian Woman's Story The pieces of Mary Jemison's narrative were either told to Seaver or edited by him as a woman's life story.

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