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Conrad Weiser, Terachiawagon, Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania

Conrad Weiser was an adopted son of the Mohawk Nation. Says Hale Sipe, a historian of Pennsylvania of this remarkable man: “When he was seventeen years old, young Weiser went to live with Quagnant, a prominent Iroquois chief, who, taking a great fancy to Conrad, requested the father that the young man might dwell with him for a time. He remained with the Iroquois chief for eight months, learning the Indian language and customs thoroughly. It is said that while on a hunting trip he met the great Iroquois chief Shikellamy, the Vice-Gerent of the Six Nations, who was well pleased with Weiser on account of his being able to speak the Iroquois tongue, and they became fast friends. Weiser became in time the official interpreter for the Six Nations in practically all of their dealings with the white people. While visiting his old home near Womelsdorf, he died July 13, 1760, much lamented by the Colony of Pennsylvania as well as by the Indians. Said a great Iroquois chieftain, commenting on the death of Weiser, ‘We are at a loss and sit in darkness.’ If all white men had been as just to the Indians as was this sturdy German, the history of the advance of civilization in America undoubtedly would not contain so many bloody chapters. Conrad Weiser’s home is still standing, and in the orchard above the house, rests all that is mortal of this distinguished frontiersman; while beside him are the graves of several Indian chiefs. Having loved him in life, they wished to repose beside him in death. A beautiful monument has been erected...

The Coming Of The Mohawks, Thendinaga Reservation, Ontario, Canada

At the Tyendinaga Mohawk Reservation, near the city of Deseronto, Ontario Canada, is a monument erected in honor of the Mohawks. The inscription reads as follows: “The coming of the Mohawks – Commemorating the arrival here on the 22nd of May, 1784, under leadership of Chiefs, John Deserontou, Aaron Hill, and Isaac Hill, of a band of loyal Mohawks, one of the nations of the Iroquois Confederacy expelled from their homes in the Mohawk Valley, for their fidelity to the Empire.” Leaving Thandinaga, the Mohawks turned their faces north and soon were at their homes on the Akwesasne ‘St. Regis’ Mohawk Reservation in Northern New York State. Mohawk Monument, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia    ...

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