The Orenda by Joseph Boyden

Bird, a powerful Huron warrior, kidnaps and adopts Snow Falls, a gifted Iroquois girl, who plots to avenge herself and her family against his tribe. But Bird’s act forever binds their lives together — along with that of Christophe, a Jesuit missionary, who has followed his calling to the unforgiving New World wilderness. The three unforgettable characters Joseph Boyden creates reveal what the human spirit is capable of surviving. A truly fascinating look at the peoples of Canada and what makes us unique.
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