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Arosen's Sash

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Eunice Williams was only seven years old when she was taken along with several other family members during a highly successful French and Indian raid on Deerfield in 1704. Like many adopted captive children, Eunice quickly adapted to her new life and Kanien'kehaka (Mohawk) family at Kahnawake in present day Quebec, Canada. Eunice Williams became Kanenstenhawi and resolutely refused to return either to her old religion or to her old way of life. She married a Kanien'kehaka man and became a devout Catholic. Like many other captives, Kanenstenhawi became a bridge between Native and white culture. She and her husband made occasional visits to her English brother, the Reverend Stephen Williams of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, until she became too elderly and feeble to travel. Her husband Arosen gave this fingerwoven sash to his brother-in-law, Stephen Williams during one of these visits.


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