More books have been written about the “Lily of the Mohawks” than any other aboriginal woman who has ever lived, but none have ever told her story from the perspective of her own nation. Mohawk author Darren Bonaparte sets out to do just that by presenting a bold new biography that reestablishes her place in the greater context of Kanien’kehá:ka history and culture. He brings a critical eye to the documents written by the priests who knew her, and asserts that it was much more than religion and the fur trade that drew so many of her people from their Mohawk Valley homeland to the banks of the St. Lawrence River more than three centuries ago.
“Considering that most of the other books don’t take into account
the expansive history of the Mohawk people before the appearance of Káteri Tekahkwí:tha
or the presentation of both sides of the story, Bonaparte’s version is arguably the best....
Bonaparte has written a book that is both tragic and enlightening.”
Indian Country Today
“A Lily Among Thorns is highly recommended for those interested in Blessed Kateri,
the Mohawks, and early American and Canadian history.”
Br. Benet Exton, O. S. B.
Catholic News Agency
A Lily Among Thorns
The Mohawk Repatriation of Káteri Tekahkwí:tha
by Darren Bonaparte
Illustrations by R. Kakwirakeron Montour
Published by the Wampum Chronicles