I wanted to share a real world example from today that reflects on what Mags said about a First People's perspective.
From a genealogy blog today:
June 8, 1697. On Mar 16, 1697, in an attack on Haverhill, MA, Indians captured Hannah Duston and killed her baby, also killing or capturing 39 others. After being taken to an Indian camp, she escaped on Apr 29 after killing 10 Indians with a tomahawk and scalping them as proof of her deed. On June 8 her husband was awarded, on her behalf, the sum of 25 pounds for her heroic efforts, the first public award to a woman in America.
From more of a First People's perspective:
On June 8 1697 an Abenaki Family was killed by Hannah Duston who had been captured as a POW during King William’s War. Also known as the Second Indian War. One of four Indian Wars that forced the Abenaki and other Nations into war for a combined 33 years. The war was instigated by competing French and English ambitions. The French recruited the Abenaki and other Nations in the Wabankai (Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, Abenaki, and Penobscot) to fight against the English. The English allied with the Haudenosaunee – Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy (Mohawk, Onondaga, Oneida, Seneca, Cayuga, Tuscarora). The Wabanaki attacks were part of the French war against the English on Turtle Island. Some scholar’s assert this story only became legend in the 1800s to frame violence against Native Americans as "innocent, defensive and virtuous."
Seneca Drybread - WikiTree Native Americans Project Coordinator