MIDWINTER RITES OF THE CAYUGA LONGHOUSE

“I am John Buck’s messenger [referring to a wampum string]. Therefore, listen; John Buck says in olden times of my forefathers was able to recall their departed relatives to see them again, the living ones will make one accord whatever their number will be will get a feast at a certain house for the dead… Read more …

Ruthven Hall

What Squire heard about Klock was true and arriving at Indiana that evening he was astounded by what he saw. Almost complete Ruthven Hall was inconceivable. A massive building. A fortress. Heaven high pillars and a portico and a persistent symmetry showed in every aspect of the construction. He stopped in his tracks to study the… Read more …

The Grand River. Ouse. Tinaatoua.

The Grand River is situated  in southwestern Ontario. From its source near Wareham it flows southeast through the Grand valley–Fergus, Elora, Waterloo, Kitchener, Galt/Cambridge, Paris, Brantford, Ohsweken, Caledonia, and Cayuga–before emptying into the north shore of Lake Erie south of Dunnville at Port Maitland. 1 In 1784 the Grand River/Tinaatoua and lands adjacent to the river… Read more …

Jennet Ferguson

Photo is of Friends Meeting House on Quaker Hill, next to the Ferguson Farm. Jennet Ferguson is the daughter of Scotch (Scottish) immigrants William Ferguson and Mary Graham Ferguson, who arrive in Upper Canada from Cummertrees Dumfriesshire in 1832 and take up farming in Uxbridge in 1834. In the Mohawk trilogy Jennet is the sister of Will… Read more …

Book 1, Mohawk trilogy, Sky Walker Tehawennihárhos

Chapter ONE: The story is inside-out. Best explanation I can offer for inwardness to ask you to do this. Look at that Christina Robertson portrait and imagine the vigilant spaniel speaks to you. You are absolutely not going to give a thought to the flattering brush and darling girls who are front and centre because, just this… Read more …