Re: Uncas' Mother

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Posted by Gayle on August 28, 1998 at 13:43:20:

In Reply to: Uncas' Mother posted by Maria on August 28, 1998 at 13:03:43:

: Hello everyone,

: Unless I missed something, I do not recall the movie
: ever mentioning Uncas' mother/Chingachgook's wife.
: I have not read the novel, so it is possible there is some
: reference to her there. I was just curious as to who she
: was and what became of her. Anyone?

: Maria

Hi, Maria.
In the Leatherstocking Tales, Chingachgook was the Delaware boyhood friend of Hawkeye, not his father. One of the main themes of "The Deerslayer", the reason Hawkeye went to Lake Otsego in the first place, was to help Chingachgook rescue his beloved from the Hurons, who had captured her for a wife for one of their young chiefs. Wah Ta Wah, or Hist O Hist in English, was the daughter of a Delaware chief, and Chingachgook married her at the end of the book. Fifteen years later, Hawkeye and Chingachgook revisited the scenes of their adventures on Lake Otsego, and Uncas, the only surviving child of the marriage, was with them. Hist O Hist had long been asleep under the pines of her people by that time. She was a delightful character, and it is a shame Cooper didn't develop her beyond "The Deerslayer".


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