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+ What stuck me most about this episode was the treatment of the Mohawks or rather, the Mohawks’ treatment of the Europeans.
As John Robson points out, no sane and ethical person likes the often violent and unjust flow of human history.
To try to compensate for their devasting and, historically speaking, fairly recent losses, First Nations people can sometimes be overly mythologized and spiritualized and not represented as full human beings, replete with historical shortcomings.
Some capitalists also emphasize First Nations myths and spirituality to try to sell products – from medications to music – so it’s not just a phenomenon of cultural redress.
In this segment of Outlander, we see Mohawks being impatient and cruel. They don’t give their prisoners enough water, even when there is enough to go around. One prisoner dies while bound to a tree, utterly exhausted after being tethered and dragged by a horse for many days.
This portrayal compelled me to do some research on the Mohawks and it seems that historically, it is not entirely unrepresentative.
The warlike Mohawk were feared across the region due to their brutal tactics and merciless way they treated captives.¹
“The Deep Heart’s Core” makes the Mohawks look truly human and not so different from the Europeans who ultimately would conquer and rip them off with bogus or violated treaties.
A quick googling of “Mohawk enemies” reveals that Mohawks fought battles with other First Nations peoples. It wasn’t all peace, love and harmony.
So it was interesting to see some disagreeable First Nations peoples in Outlander, just like we see a lot of disagreeable Europeans in the show.
As I get older I’m becoming less interested in the study of mythology and religion and more interested in historical events. Not to say that myth and spirituality isn’t an important part of history. But sometimes it becomes a bit thick – in any religion or spiritual belief system – and we need to study the real human base upon which it stands.