Students, and adults, will read about the birth of a Mohawk boy and his non-Native ‘girl’ friend, along the banks of the Grand River. How they learned by listening to stories told by their parents and grandparents. How they built a new home and what they did on a daily basis to survive. Their fathers were friends and allies during the American Revolution fighting along side the British soldiers. The children grew up during the War of 1812. Although they were some distance from the main areas of battle they were eventually caught up in the ravages of war in 1814.
This book is based on actual historic events and contains authentic Six Nations cultural references. Even the names of the two young adults were provided by a Mohawk language teacher from the Six Nations, Frank Millar.
Spirituality and Finding Common Ground
The story makes constant reference to the respect given by each family of both cultures wherein differences are appreciated, used and interchanged.
Geography, history and social studies are inseparable as demonstrated throughout this book. The migration, exodus, of the Six Nations and non Native friends from the Finger Lakes region south of the Great Lakes up to the Grand River Valley after the American Revolution is referred to.
In what type of structures did both families live in? How did each family make a living in order to survive in a newly developed and rather remote part of the country? What did they do in the summer? What did they do in the winter? Was the way they were dressed different from one another? What did they use form their respective cultures related to clothing, food and tools. Was what they ate that much different?
Lacrosse was an ancient game played by the males only. It was entertainment; to demonstrate physical prowess and express friendly competition within a nation or between nations.
Just as with sports today, with the exception of the commercialism, spectators enjoyed watching the best physical specimens compete. There were friendly and modest wagers but the biggest trophy was simply to win.
The athletes, through lacrosse, maintained there agility, focus and stamina. All of this was necessary for the reality of life’s needs preparing the men to be successful hunters. Providing for their families was not a sport.
- Ask who in the classroom has played lacrosse. Who in the classroom knows someone that has played?
- Request that an old wooden lacrosse stick be brought into the classroom as well as a more modern metal one.
- What were the lacrosse sticks made of back then? What did they look like? What did they use for a ball?
- When and where was lacrosse played?
- Why were women not allowed to play lacrosse? Are women allowed to play lacrosse today?
War of 1812: Highlighting Native Nations
In 2012, which was the 200th anniversary of the start of the War of 1812, the British Crown and the Government of Canada acknowledged the First/Native Nations and Metis alliances by presenting each nation with a ‘Banner and Medals’. +
These nations are named in this book listing the allied nation and those allied to the Americans. Maps show where the nations were located and the number of warriors each nation was able to provide.
This visually stimulating book takes the reader on a photographic journey, from the Detroit to the Niagara frontiers, focusing on the major historic sites that involved confrontation with the American invaders.