Tekakwitha, a Mohawk Indian girl, spent her childhood in the lodge of her uncle, Chief of the Turtles, where she was taught the worship of Indian gods and repelled at the torture and vengeance which surrounded her. Despite family objections she adopted the religion of ""the Blackrobes"" -- missionaries who followed the decisive white victory in the French-Indian wars. Despite pressure upon her to marry, she steadfastly demurred and shortly before her death from tuberculosis at 24, she became a Catholic nun. Mrs. Patterson helps young readers to envision both sides through the eyes of Tekakwitha and to understand the Indian girl's decision to reject tribal gods. A noteworthy juvenile for young American Catholics by a storyteller who is a scholar as well. Imprimatur.