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Tekakwitha, Katerilocked

(1656–17 April 1680)
  • Ronald P. Dufour

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Tekakwitha, Kateri (1656–17 April 1680), Christian convert, whose baptismal name was Catherine, was born at the Mohawk village of Ossernenon, on the Mohawk River, the daughter of a Christian Algonquin mother and an Iroquois chief. Her mother had been taken captive at Three Rivers, Canada, by a band of raiding Mohawks who had adopted her; she later married into the tribe and had two children. A smallpox epidemic in 1660 killed both of Kateri’s parents and her brother and left her with pockmarks and a sensitivity to light that kept her indoors much of the time. After Iroquois custom, she was adopted by her paternal uncle....

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