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A Mohawk's Way

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A Mohawk's Way
Directed byD. W. Griffith
Written byStanner E.V. Taylor
Based onNovel
by James Fenimore Cooper
CinematographyG.W. Bitzer
Distributed by
  • Biograph Company
  • Unicorn Film Service Corporation (1916 reissue)
Release date
  • September 12, 1910 (1910-09-12) (USA)
Running time
17 min

A Mohawk's Way, also known as The Mohawk's Treasure, is a 1910 short silent black and white drama film directed by D. W. Griffith, written by Stanner E.V. Taylor and based on James Fenimore Cooper novel, and photography by G.W. Bitzer.[1] It stars Dorothy Davenport and Jeanie Macpherson.[2]

The film portrays American cultural precepts about blood-thirsty savage American Indians,[3][4][5] and it assails the white man's cruelty against them.[6]

Summary: Indefatigable in the extreme was the Mohawk; excessive in his expression of gratitude, ha is equally determined in his quest for vengeance; justice, however, being his incentive. Highly emotional, he possesses the power of dissembling to such an extent, as to ascribe aim stoical. This double nature is clearly shown in this Biography story, which gives it a Cooper atmosphere. Dr. Van Brum, the white medicine-man, is a being totally devoid of fellow-feeling, in fact, a contemptible despot. The Indian medicine-man has failed to cure the little papoose, over whom the brave and his squaw bend in abject anxiety, The medicine man incantations proving fruitless, the brave decides to seek the white doctor's aid. Van Brum refuses to waste his time on this Indian, and in reply to the poor fellow's earnest entreaties, knocks him down. The doctor's wife, however, hears the Indian's pleading and surreptitiously goes to administer to the fever-stricken papoose. The remedy is in the form of pellets, a bottle of which the good woman leaves with the squaw, with the injunction to give the baby more at regular intervals. The little one convalesces immediately, and the innocent squaw looks upon the bottle as cabalistic, in fact the entire tribe regard it a supernatural charm, and so hold it in awe. The squaw hanging it by a chain around her neck as a fetish. This in a measure, sets to rest the enmity that has existed with the Indians for the doctor. His tyranny has made him an odious neighbor. This condition of peace does not last long, for the doctor offers an insult to the squaw while she with others are cavorting on the river hank. She resorts to the bottle's charm for protection, but at this the doctor laughs, until she draws a dagger. The doctor, a coward, is thwarted. The Indians, upon hearing of the episode, declare war, and start after the doctor, who has fled with his wife on horseback. By a short cut the Indians waylay the fugitives and the doctor, after an exhibition of his despicable cowardice, meets his just deserts. While the wife is carried to the camp where she is about to suffer the same fate as her husband, when the squaw appears and in gratitude demands her release. This the braves are loath to do until she holds up the mysterious medicine bottle, the sight of which strikes terror and they withdraw. The squaw and brave then escort the woman to the river where she is taken aboard the old ferry and carried across to safety in the British camp on the opposite side.



  1. ^ Österberg, Bertil O. (15 April 2009). Colonial America on Film and Television: A Filmography. McFarland Publishing. p. 193. ISBN 9780786442423.
  2. ^ Lowe, Denise (27 January 2014). An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Women in Early American Films: 1895-1930. Routledge. p. 1939. ISBN 9781317718970.
  3. ^ Stokes, Melvyn (15 January 2008). D.W. Griffith's the Birth of a Nation: A History of the Most Controversial Motion Picture of All Time. Oxford University Press. p. 351. ISBN 9780199887514.
  4. ^ Usai, Paolo Cherchi; Bowser, Eileen (26 November 2000). The Griffith Project: Films produced in 1910. British Film Institute. p. 170. ISBN 9780851708058.
  5. ^ Bernardi, Daniel; Green, Michael (7 July 2017). Race in American Film: Voices and Visions that Shaped a Nation. ABC-CLIO. p. 384. ISBN 9780313398407.
  6. ^ Drew, William M. (1986). D.W. Griffith's Intolerance: Its Genesis and Its Vision. McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub. p. 7. ISBN 9780899501710.

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