Re: Kittanning Narratives

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Posted by Elaine on August 03, 1999 at 22:35:50:

In Reply to: Re: Kittanning Narratives posted by Victoria on August 03, 1999 at 16:10:18:

: >>>I am thinking about the narrative of Mary LeRoy and Barbara Leininger. I found it in John Harpster's "Pen Pictures of Early Western Pennsylvania." It has other good stuff including excerpts from journals by, C.F. Post, William Trent (includes description of an Indian having his ears slit and Trent being affected by the sight of two other women crossing a creek and holding their skirts up above their knees!), Weiser, and more from times later than my interests. I don't know if you'll have any luck finding it as it's such an old book, but the narrative of the two women has been published elsewhere.

: I just read Jennifer Brown's "Strangers in Blood: Fur Trade Company Families in Indian Country." Extremely interesting giving a much clearer picture of some of the gender relations on the frontier. Right now I'm reading Rabbi Harold Sharfman's "Jews on the Frontier: An account of Jewish Pioneers and Settlers in Early America." Again stuff that's omitted by oversight or perhaps aiming the spotlight only on certain folks.

Thanks, Victoria!

: >>>Can't say yet, Reply hazy, will try again later. ;o)

There's plenty of time to cajole whomever needs cajoling.

: :
: ///: Officially the Iroquois continued to speak in their name but the influence had vanished.

: >>>But the die had been cast, the retreat to the Northwest Territory had begun, and the land companies had their model for purchase and displacement in place that would be useful to them until there was no where left to go.

This is true. But ... it remains important nonetheless. Tecumseh failed to complete his pan-Indian alliance but his efforts & foresight were worthy. Anyway, you have to admit (or not) there is something admirable & just when victims/oppressed/conquered/etc. become enraged enough to embark upon the path of armed rebellion. No matter the outcome.
(The means must be justified by themselves, not by the end.)

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