Captive Daughter, Enemy Wife

General Fiction

By Mary Tweedy

Publisher : Chronicler Publishing

ABOUT Mary Tweedy

Mary Tweedy
Mary Tweedy was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut.  She was educated in Art History, Classical Archaeology, Classical Languages and Anthropology at Pomona College and Indiana  University.  She attended Archaeological Field School at Native American sites in southern Illinois and conceived More...


In the early seventeenth century Great Lakes area, White Corn, a member of the Neutral Tribe, endures plague, flight down rapids and across Lake Erie, and violent assault and capture by the Iroquois. Along with Hole-In-The-Night,  her mysteriously beautiful and impassive mother, and her half French brother, Papillon, she is forcibly adopted into the Onondaga tribe of the Iroquois Five Nations.  White Corn learns not only how to survive but how to flourish in a time and place where, as her mother says,"death is always there."           

Against the background of the struggle known as the "Beaver Wars", we meet the goodhearted and carefree French trader, Jean Aregnac,  devout but ill-fated Jesuits, and the fascinating Dutchman known as Corlaer, a man who is equally at home among the natives and the Europeans.  Without sanitizing Iroquois culture for modern consumption we encounter not only the famed brutality of the Iroquois but also their beauty and complexity.

In the early 17th century the struggle to obtain furs for European trade began among the Native American tribes of the Great Lakes region. In the course of the struggle, the nation known to us as the Iroquois lost large numbers through warfare and disease. They took to replacing their depleted population by forcibly adopting members of the tribes that they had conquered. "Captive Daughter, Enemy Wife," follows the experiences of a young Neutral Indian girl, her mother and brother, through the experience of capture and integration into the Onondaga tribe of the Iroquois Five Nations.