The Winter People

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What’s remarkable about The Winter People is that it draws on the oral histories of the descendants of the survivors of Rogers Raid to reconstruct through their eyes what really happened and how the community survived.

Available in paperback or hardcover.  Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki), The Winter People. 2002.

The Winter People takes place in 1759, towards the end of the period that became known as the French and Indian Wars. In a targeted raid, the British soldiers led by Major Robert Rogers and called “Rogers Rangers” kill a number of people and burn down most of the village. It is in this setting that a 14-year-old soon-to-be warrior named Saxso sets out to rescue his mother and sisters, taken captive by Rogers Rangers. Saxso’s strength and courage comes not from imagining himself a hero so much as from relying on lessons learned from his elders, and the knowledge of his responsibility to the community. He knows who he is and what he has to do. What’s remarkable about The Winter People is that it draws on the oral histories of the descendants of the survivors of Rogers Raid to reconstruct through their eyes what really happened and how the community survived.