Grand River Saga
For a Canadian story read the Mohawk Trilogy
It’s all about the characters.
Struggling outliers have run-ins with their wild environs.
They dodge lawless American and European settlers.
Protagonists are helpless to stop the dirty deeds of rapacious land speculators.
Characters can hardly stand up to let alone push back against the people who take advantage of Canada’s social turmoil. Unbridled people commit murder, rape and grand theft. Courts and colonial governments and settlers tend to turn a blind eye to the malfeasance of “entrepreneurs” but good hearts are resilient. There is even a Camelot community. The Grand River saga reveals historical events to challenge you to rethink what you accept as the gospel of Canada.
Uncover another side of Canada as you read stories of derring-do along the Grand River in Southern Ontario.
Grand River Saga website focuses on facts, opinions, stories, lineages, fiction excerpts and archetypes, as they relate to the Mohawk trilogy.
With reference to archetypes and myths and fables and fairy tales, the website offers discourse on the universal human condition. Via a fictional wormhole – i.e., a mystical bond between different eras of space-time – the author draws attention to life as it might have been in Canada West.
The British Crown proclaims the Act of Union on 10 February 1841. The act merges Upper Canada and Lower Canada to form the United Province of Canada. Thus Upper Canada turns into Canada West (and after 1867, Canada West turns into the province known as Ontario).
Newcomers to the territory have overwhelmed the First Nations. The Grand River Saga focuses on the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Confederacy or Iroquois League).
Iroquois Confederacy, courtesy BrainPop.
Many settlers support anti-miscegenation, dismiss and disdain Joseph Thayendanegea Brant’s struggles to gain sovereignty, undertake the Brantford clearance of coloureds, and contribute to nefarious official confusions, adding to the Grand River Navigation Company’s scandalous treatment of the Haudenosaunee. Such matters make aspects of the wormhole particularly wormy. But the trilogy’s protagonists overcome enough obstacles to inspire us all to do better as a country in the future.
Feature image: stylized portrait of Joseph Brant by German-born William Berczy
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