This tale is based on research into the true life of Quaker Frances Slocum, aka Good Face and Maconakwa (Little Bear Woman)of the Miami tribe. The author points out in the author's note that there is also a Frances Slocum State Park in Pennsylvania and a Frances Slocum State Recreational Area in Indiana, where Frances lived at various times in her life. This one is well worth the time to read!
This book was an awesome tale of the courage of one little quaker girl. Thom is a great writer. His telling of true accountings is so gripping. He does a amazing job of filling in the details that set off the story.
From the book cover "The Slocum family of Northeastern Pennsylvania are the best of the white settlers, peace-loving Quakers who believe that the Indianas hold the Light of God inside. It is from this good-hearted family that Frances is abducted during the Revolutionary War.
As the child's terror subsides, she is slowly drawn into the sacred work and beliefs of her adoptive mother and of all the women of these Eastern tribes. Frances becomes Maconakwa, the Little Bear Woman of the Miami Indians. then, long after the Indians are beaten and their last hope, Tecumseh, is killed, the Slocums hear word of their long-lost daughter and head out to Indiana to meet their beloved Frances. But for Maconakwa, it is a moment of truth, the test of whether her heart is truly a red one."
The book is based on the true story of Frances Slocum, a Quaker girl who was kidnapped at about the age of five by Delaware Indians and raised by them. Later she married a man of the Miami tribe and spent the rest of her life with this tribe. This is an amazing story of endurance, loyalty, friendship and passion and I couldn't put it down.
This was a very good book, very long, but every page was spellbinding. The book was based on the true story of Frances Slocum, a Quaker girl who was kidnaped at about the age of five by Delaware Indians and raised by them. Later she married a man of the Miami tribe and spent the rest of her life with this tribe. The story was full of the agonies that the American tribes went through due to the betrayal of the American white men. I feel ashamed to think that perhaps my ancestors might have been a part of the torture the native Americans were subjected to. This was an amazing story of endurance, passion, loyalty and friendship and I couldn't put it down.