OHAWK GAMBLE by Julia Brown Ridle


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The subject of this somewhat fictionalized biography (also dealt with by Ronald Syme in Bay of the North (1950-24), and Charles Norman in Orimha of The Mohawks (1961-63-J-35) is the seventeenth century French Canadian explorer and fur trader, Pierre Radison, who lived among the Mohawk Indians for two years as a captive. Through the eyes of young Pierre, Miss Ridle dramatically recreates the atrocity-ridden world of the savages. The Indians are vividly realized by the author as thinking, emotional human beings. The exciting adventures of Pierre, his attempts to escape, of his changing attitude towards the Mohawks constitute an interesting and valuable study of the Indians and their futile struggles against the White Man.

Pub Date: March 17th, 1963
Publisher: Harper & Row