By Mary Rowlandson, Horace Kephart
Among the main celebrated captivity narratives, Rowlandson's account of her abduction by means of the Narragansett Indians in 1676 info her hardships and affliction, besides priceless observations on local American existence. additionally contains 3 different well-known narratives of captivity one of the Delawares, the Iroquois, and the Indians of the Allegheny.
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This country is generally hilly, though intermixed with considerable quantities of rich upland and some good bottoms. When we returned to the town, Pluggy and his party had arrived, and brought with them a considerable number of scalps and prisoners from the south branch of the Potomac; they also brought with them an English Bible, which they gave to a Dutch woman who was a prisoner; but as she could not read English, she made a present of it to me, which was very acceptable. I remained in this town until some time in October, when my adopted brother, called Tontileaugo, who had married a Wyandot squaw, took me with him to Lake Erie.
I gave him a shoulder of venison which I had by the fire well roasted, and he received it gladly; told me he was hungry, and thanked me for my kindness. When Tontileaugo came home I told him that a Wyandot had been at camp, and that I gave him a shoulder of roasted venison. ” I told him I did not, as the sugar and bear’s oil were down in the canoe, I did not go for it. ” I acknowledged that I was wrong. He said that he could excuse this, as I was but young; but I must learn to behave like a warrior, and do great things, and never be found in any such little actions.
They gave me a new ruffled shirt, which I put on, also a pair of leggings done off with ribbons and beads, likewise a pair of moccasons and garters dressed with beads, porcupine quills, and red hair—also a tinsel-laced cappo. They again painted my head and face with various colors, and tied a bunch of red feathers to one of those locks they had left on the crown of my head, which stood up five or six inches. They seated me on a bearskin, and gave me a pipe, tomahawk, and pole-cat skin pouch, which had been skinned pocket fashion, and contained tobacco, kille-genico, or dry sumach leaves, which they mix with their tobacco; also spunk, flint, and steel.