A Captivity of Nearly Three Years Among the Savages of Nootka Sound

John R. JEWITT (1783 - 1821)

John Jewitt (1783-1821), a blacksmith by trade, spent the years 1803-1806 as a slave among the Nuu-chah-nulth people of Nootka Sound, off the Pacific Coast of Vancouver Island, Canada, after the trading vessel on which he served as armorer was attacked and its crew murdered by the native tribal chief Maquinna. Maquinna spared Jewitt's life on condition that the Jewitt would be his slave, would repair his muskets and make daggers, knives, and fishing gear for him. Jewitt's memoir is a considered a major source of information about the customs of the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest. - Summary by Sue Anderson

Genre(s): Memoirs

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 A Blacksmith by Trade Sue Anderson
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Play 02 As Armorer on the Ship "Boston" Sue Anderson
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Play 03 Crew Murdered by King Maquinna Sue Anderson
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Play 04 One Man Found Alive in the Hold Sue Anderson
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Play 05 The Ship Burns; Starts a Journal Sue Anderson
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Play 06 The Village of Nootka Sue Anderson
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Play 07 Cooking, Dress, and Decoration Sue Anderson
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Play 08 Canoes, Songs, Slavery Sue Anderson
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Play 09 Neighboring Tribes Sue Anderson
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Play 10 Winter Quarters Sue Anderson
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Play 11 Ceremonial Tests of Fortitude Sue Anderson
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Play 12 Haunted by the Ghosts of Murdered Sailors Sue Anderson
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Play 13 Nootka Goes to War Sue Anderson
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Play 14 Jewitt Forced to Marry and Adopt Native Dress Sue Anderson
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Play 15 Jewitt Rejects His Native Wife Sue Anderson
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Play 16 Rescue! Sue Anderson
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Play 17 Home to Boston via Macau and Canton Sue Anderson
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