Based on a thorough study of the history of the time, and on Mary Jemison’s own account of her life, Rayna Gangi tells the true story of the captive white girl who became the wife of a Seneca warrior chief during the French and Indian wars. Captured at fifteen during a raid, this daughter of Scotch-Irish parents was rapidly assimilated into full tribal membership and the responsibilities of womanhood. She bore eight children and became a respected elder in her adopted community. By “becoming” Seneca, Mary Jemison developed the strength, values, and enduring commitment that—together with her own courage—sustained Mary through wrenching personal tragedies in the aftermath of a war the Seneca could not win. An accurate account of events that helped to shape the destiny of the Seneca people, this book has been approved by the Seneca Nation.