Montour was reportedly a half-breed Huron (and also claimed to be the illegitimate daughter of a French official). She had been captured by the Iroquois and married to a Seneca chief. After his death she was accepted into the matriarchate of the tribe and was influential in their dealings with white settlers and leaders. She was able to speak both English and French, as well as some native languages.
In spite of this, she took part in the "Wyoming Massacre" in 1778, tomahawking captured whites. The Senecas were the allies of the British during the American Revolution.
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