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Orimha the Rock is a work of fiction intended mainly for its entertainment value, and no historical inference must be derived from the text. However, the incidents depicted in this book actually took place between 1652 and 1654. The title of the book, Orimha the Rock was derived from Orimha, the Iroquois word for rock —pierre in French; Rock because the 17-y-o hero had to remain as stoic as a rock in order to survive toils and ordeals of the most grievous nature. Orimha the Rock was drawn from life, largely inspired by the 17th Century notes of Pierre Esprit Radisson, who was abducted by a band of Mohawks of the Iroquois Nation, suffered but survived a three-day torture ritual and went on to become a great French-Canadian explorer, Coureur de Bois, with a brilliant and lucrative career in fur trading and organized expeditions.