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Princess White Deer. Performed in the 1927 Ziegfeld 9 O’Clock Frolic. According to the theatre program, she also performed in the Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic of April 1921. Born Esther Louise Georgette Deer of Chief James Deer and Georgette Osborne Deer (Iroquois Tribe, Mohawk - Akwesasne people of the St. Lawrence Seaway region) in 1891. She is now called the first Native American to gain fame as a dancer and vocalist.
"That is not our way, to set yourself apart and talk about who you are and what you've done. You let your life speak for you. With the Mohawk people, wisdom is how you live and how you interpret what your mother and father, what your grandmothers and grandfathers have told you about this world - and then how you interpret that into the fact of living every day." --Tom Porter, MOHAWK
On Oct. 21, 2012, Sister Kateri Tekakwitha (Mohawk-Algonquin), also known as Lily of the Mohawks, will be canonized at the Vatican in Rome, Italy, by Pope Benedict XVI. The event is an important one for Native Americans as Kateri will become America’s first indigenous saint - Joanne Shenandoah, of the Wolf Clan, Oneida, Iroquois Confederacy, and the Shenandoah Trio, which features her daughter Leah and sister Diana, have been invited to perform at the ceremony
Joseph Brant, born in 1742, was a Mohawk chief who helped gain Indian support for the British in the French & Indian War between 1754 & 1763. From 1763 to 1776, Brant & his tribe assisted the British in the American Revolution by attacking the American settlers. After the Revolution, unable to negotiate a land settlement with the American government, Brant obtained a land grant in Canada & he & his followers settled in the area now known as Brantford, Ontario.