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A Lily Among Thorns: The Mohawk Repatriation of Káteri Tekahkwí:tha Paperback


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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing; 1 edition (January 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439217912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439217917
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #982,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Darren Bonaparte is a Mohawk historian, author, journalist and artist from Akwesasne. He is the creator of the Wampum Chronicles, a cultural history website, and is a frequent lecturer at schools, universities, museums and festivals throughout the US and Canada.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jen Richard-Morrow on September 30, 2012
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Mr Bonaparte has written an excellent account of St. Kateri Tekakwitha,
her people and the perilous 17th century she lived in. The only book (AFAIK)
written from the Mohawk point of view, explaining the changing culture of the
Iroquois in the post-European-contact period with all its upheavals and Kateri's
place in it. Lovely and historically accurate illustrations by Mr Montour.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Haake on March 6, 2011
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Mr. Bonaparte's undertaking in this work is an enormous task, and he succeeds very well. This work gives a solid background of the Five Nations of the Iroquois from the seventeenth century and the time of first contact with the Jesuit Missionaries. He uses archeological findings to trace the movement of the Mohawk people over time, and also refutes some errors in the well known "Jesuit Relations" (accounts written by the priests themselves about their experiences in Iroquois and other Nations), written from the seventeenth and into the eighteenth centuries.

It touches on the alliances that were made between the Five Nations and New France, as well as the Dutch in the region of what is today the Northeast United States and Canada. The struggles between traditionalists and converts is also illustrated.

A work that is written by a man who claims not to be an Historian, yet he has a well organized and interdisciplinary work that has an addictive narrative, filled with smatterings of wit and personal observation.

This work adds a much needed Native American perspective and voice to the works being and having been written about the Iroquois from the seventeenth century to the present.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy H. Forbes on November 20, 2012
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I usually dislike biographies of saints - they're often romanticized, antiseptic, distorted and contain "facts" taken totally out of context. Bonaparte's well-researched book placed Kateri solidly in her times, added a considerable amount of reliable historical information, and wrote it all in a highly readable, satisfying narrative that was meaningful and sensible. I'd recommend this book to both casual readers and academics; it's outstanding.
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Any research on the "Lily of the Mokawks" needs to begin here. Understanding this precious saint requires an adventure into the culture, life, and times from which she emerged. Many of the works on Kateri come through the eyes of priests and other contemporaries in eyes of those with a "western" cultural background. With Darren and his eyes of a "Native American", there is much to learn about the amazing and powerful Iroquois Confederacy, where 5 (later 6) Native American Nations came together to form a league with the Mohawk, Onondaga, Seneca, Oneida, and Cayuga, in a cooperative unity that surpassed in many ways the political environments we encounter today. Darren teaches us anthropology, linguistics, religion, and amazing perseverance in the face of outside forces. And in this environment, Kateri survived smallpox, life as an orphan, cultural pressures to marry, and a sense of isolation as she developed an intimate divine relationship with God. Very inspiring life described in a very inspiring work.
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