Mistress Molly, the Brown Lady
Portrait of Molly BrantBook - 1980
The turmoil of the American Revolution is the setting for Mistress Molly, The Brown Lady: Portrait of Molly Brant , the story of a courageous and adverturesome young Mohawk woman.
As a young girl growing up in the Mohawk Valley in the middle of the eighteenth century, Degonwadonti was quick to learn the ways of her people. The influx of the British encouraged her family to teach her and her brother the proud history of the Tribes of the Six Nations Indians. However, the continual wave of settlers arriving to the colonies in North America could not be ignored, and she grew up proudly speaking their language, adopting an English name, and attending their schools.
The young woman Molly Brant, epitomized the virtues of being a member of the Six Nations Indians, and at the same time a product of British influence. Her marriage to Sir William Johnson, the man the Indians called Warragheyagey, and who was the Superintendant of Indian Affairs and the white brother of all Six Nations, took her to the forefront of the problems which would grow between the Indians and the British.
The endeavours of this great woman commanded the respect and admiration of Indian Chiefs and British leaders. She was named the Head of the Society of Six Nations Matrons by her people, and was a proud guest of honour at the opening ceremonies as Upper Canada's first parliment was convened.