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the unredeemed captive By anonymous The Unredeemed Captive The Unredeemed Captive is a true story of the life of a Puritan ministers daughter who is captured by the Indians and decides to stay and immerse herself in the Kahnawake Indian culture John Demos describes the different societies of the New Englanders and the Indians in a knowledgeable and believable way Many sources are provided as evidence to his story but many gaps are left to be filled in at the discretion of the author Such lack of evidence does not provide the reader with a complete and solid history of the events creating a novel based more on Demos conclusions rather than fact The Unredeemed Captive begins with an invasion by the French and Indians into Deerfield Massachusetts Many colonists were captured including Puritan minister John Williams and his family On the march to Canada Williams kept the captives hopes alive through his sermons and prayers With time Williams his other surviving family members and many other captives were released or redeemed from the Indians captivity His daughter Eunice remained with the Indians and began to adapt to the Indian culture Upon returning home John Williams was perceived as a hero and he proceeded to write down his experiences for others to read of his adventures with the savage Indians Williams and his son Stephen did not stop pleading with the Indians to send Eunice back home To their dismay Eunice had adopted Catholicism as her religion and married a Mohawk Indian Eunice clearly acculturated into the Indian society and it is easy to see why because of their calm and unworried environment She changed her language from English to that of the Kahwanakes showing her complete assimilation into their culture Many efforts were made by the New Englanders especially the Jesuits to change the Indians barbaric way of life but the Indians stood firm in their belief system and many remains
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