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The Captive: A Tale of Weetamoo and Mary


In a land and time not far away, a Native American Queen lived by the name of Weetamoo. Her culture had survived thousands of years until disease, greed and a religion sparked a movement that destroyed her world in just a few generations.

As Weetamoo and her allies battled the encroaching English colonists, warriors captured a Puritan minister’s wife by the name of Mary Rowlandson. For a brief period, Mary was Weetamoo’s slave.

A play and a future novel (2022) by Conrad Reeder, The Captive, revolves around the story of these two women from stridently different worlds who are caught up in a fight for survival during King Philip’s War (1675-76). The entire landscape of New England would be forever changed by this war.

As for the two women–one survived the war, the other was reborn a legend.

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Painting: Indian Princess by Anthony Gruerio