The October 4, 1759 attack on St. Francis is recognized as an important event in American history, but most people only know– Abstract, Reading Abenaki Traditions and European Records of Rogers’ Raid by Marge Bruchac. 2006.
the fictionalversion. The movie “Northwest Passage” portrays half naked savages, living in tipis and pounding on great war drums. Town histories depictthe Abenaki as violent foreign marauders, who attacked no reason, conveniently forgetting to mention the broken treaties and boundaryviolations of English settlers in Abenakiterritory. Some historianshave claimed the Abenaki were engaged in a drunken orgy the nightbefore the raid. Those who have read Robert Rogers’ account think thatmore than 200 Abenaki people were killed,and that the survivors werefew and far between. These fictions have twisted this event intoshape. The truth, as preserved in Abenaki unrecognizable oral traditions, French records, and English documents, including the writingsof Rogers’ own men, is far more complicated.
Author(s): Marge Bruchac
Publisher: Vermont Folklife Center
Date: August 2006