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Young Malian lives contentedly with her parents and extended family in an Abenaki village near Montreal in the mid-eighteenth century. One night, Malian's life changes abruptly. Silently, her father carries her off to the woods, blanket and all, and orders her to run to their tribe's winter camp. Malian obeys, but not before she turns to watch her father slip back to the v ...more
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published June 14th 2006 by Vermont Folklife Center
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Based on true events, a young Abenaki girl recounts the 1759 English attack on their St. Francis village near Montreal. Snatched in the middle of the night, Malian is whisked away to safety by her beloved father. Most of the Abenaki villagers are able to escape the raid thanks to the warning of a Mohican scout traveling with the invader, Robert Rogers. Malian's father, however, fails to return after the village is destroyed by fire. Grief stricken by her losses, Malian makes a Lonsome Song to ke ...more
Aug 23, 2012 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer rated it 3 of 5 stars
Marge Bruchac, Abenaki Indian and sister of children's author Joseph Bruchac, here tells the story of the English attack on the St. Francis Abenaki community on October 4, 1759. She tells it through the eyes of Malian, a young girl who lives with her family in an English style house (cabin). The story is told simply, though a bit disconnected from page to page, with Abenaki words sprinkled in. (A pronunciation key would have been nice.) Because the story is told from the point of view of a child ...more
An interesting account of the Abernaki perspective on the English attack of October 4, 1759, which came to be known as Rogers' Raid. The story is told from the perspective of a young girl, Malian, who is taken from her village at night by her father, whom she would never see again. The story includes many Abernaki words, but these are explained through the story, so it is easy to understand.