Mary Jemison: White Woman of The Seneca

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Basing her novel on Mary Jemison's own account of her life and a thorough study of the history of the time, Rayna Gangi tells the true story of the captive white girl who became the wife of a Seneca warrior chief during the French and Indian wars. Captured at fifteen during a raid, this daughter of Scotch-Irish parents was rapidly assimilated into full tribal membership and the responsibilities of womanhood. She bore eight children and became a respected elder in her adopted community. By "becoming" Seneca, Mary Jemison developed the strength, values, and enduring commitment that-together with her own courage-sustained Mary through wrenching personal tragedies in the aftermath of a war the Seneca could not win. An accurate account of events that helped to shape the destiny of the Seneca people, this book has been approved by the Seneca Nation.

About the Author:

Rayna Gangi was raised on the shores of Lake Erie in a small town that was once part of the Seneca reservation. Known for her pioneering work in women's studies programs, Gangi is listed in "Who's Who of American Women," "The 2,000 Most Notable Women of America," and "The International Book of Honor." Her screenplay version of Mary Jemison's story was included in the top 50 of America's Best competition for 1991. For several years she has been an independent financial counselor working out of Buffalo, New York. She is also a licensed massage therapist and the executive coordinator of Circle House Wellness Center, which offers a variety of courses, trainings, and services to the community.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780940666580
  • Publisher: Clear Light Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 1,168,719
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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With two children on her back, nine year old John beside her and Tom astride a horse in front, Mary inched her way through the lonely forest. It was almost too empty. She hadn't remembered it ever seeming so barren, so absolutely clean of leaves or dead branches. She wondered if wars did such things....Did her Seneca brothers know? Did they understand that killing people often meant killing land?
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