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The 1704 Deerfield Raid carried out by French and Indians has fascinated generations of New Englanders. By 1919, a combination of early 20th century romanticism and increased tourism had muted the raw terror of this event. These "Olde Deerfield" paper dolls transformed the traumatic experience of captives like seven-year-old Eunice Williams and her brother Stephen into a child's woodland adventure. The imaginative depictions of Native American clothing are not accurate portrayals of Eastern Abenaki dress but reveal instead a strong Plains Indian influence.