Keepers of the Dawn by Alfred Silver

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In 1750, the Mohawk Valley was a heaven of peace and plenty. Indians and Englishmen lived in amity and harvested the same rich land. But Tskleleli, the little bird of rumor, sang of trouble coming. Sage Canienga counselors sought to prepare for future troubles by sending a daughter of the Wolf Clan to boarding school to learn English ways and help her people understand the white man. When Molly Brant came home, her intelligence and beauty attracted the King's own man in the Valley — William Johnson, rich, powerful, and famed for his amours. But then the American Revolution erupted, and William Johnson died, leaving Molly to take up her mantle as councillor and liaison to the white man's world. As the bitter war turned son against father, brother against brother, the Iroquois Nations made the fateful choice to side with the British . . . .

About Alfred Silver

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Alfred Silver has been a playwright, an actor and a songwriter,as well as a short-order cook, nude model and day labourer.He grew up in various places across the Canadian prairies. Heis the author of seventeen previous books including Acadia (seepage 15), which won the Thomas Raddall Award for Fiction.He lives with his wife in a farmhouse at Ardoise, Nova Scotia,and devotes his time to researching and writing historicalnovels.
Published February 15, 1996 by Arrow Books Ltd. 480 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Described in one source quoted in the author's note as ``the most powerful member of her sex during the Revolutionary period,'' Native American Molly Brant, a member of New York's Canienga tribe, married a wealthy Irish settler and became an important negotiator between her people and the British...

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