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About Ots-Toch Van Slyke

  • "O'er the dark woods and forest wild
  • My father in his wild nature smiled
  • with tomahawk and bended bow
  • to slay the reindeer and buffalo
  • My brother in his bark canoe
  • across the lake so gaily flew
  • to catch the whitefish in the lake
  • and shoot the wild ducks in the brake
  • my mother in her wigwam sat
  • with copious work and curious chat
  • and I poor little Indian maid
  • with acorn shells and wildflowers played
  • and I beside my mother all day
  • to weave the splintered baskets gay
  • to pound the samp and tan the skins
  • and mend my fathers moccasins
  • I could not read, I could not sew
  • my Saviors name I did not know
  • till white man to the forest came
  • and taught poor Indian Jesus name
  • He built a church and school house near
  • with Holy hymns and wildwood cheer
  • Now I can read, now I can sew
  • My Saviors name I'm taught to know
  • Now my Redeemer I implore
  • God bless the white man forever more." Ots-Toch

Mohawk Indian princess - dusky, Native American beauty with wild savage nature


Ots-Toch is the traditional name given to a 17th century Mohawk woman from Canajoharie who married Dutch trader Cornelius Anthonisse Van Slyck and founded the Van Slyck family in New Netherland. Little is known of Ots-Toch, although she is indirectly referenced in many histories of early New York. For example, a daughter, Hillitie, chose to live with the Dutch,[1] but served as an official Mohawk interpreter.[2] Ots-Toch had at least three other children with Cornelius Van Slyck, and may have had more children by a Mohawk father.[3] Some variants of Ots-Toch's legend claim that her father was French,[4] although this claim seems to lack historical documentation and is often considered discredited.[5] In local lore, Ots-Toch is often compared to Pocahontas, though the legends of each woman are quite different. The two share some similarities: each married 1st generation immigrants and were important to the success of the respective European colonies, and each has romanticized legends that conflict with historical facts. An important point of difference, however, is the conversion and acculturation of Pocahontas to her English husband, contrasted with Oct-Toch's rejection of Christianity and efforts to raise her children as Mohawks.

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Ots-Toch is the traditional name given to a 17th century Mohawk woman from Canajoharie who married Dutch trader Cornelius Anthonisse Van Slyck and founded the Van Slyck family in New Netherland. Little is known of Ots-Toch, although she is indirectly referenced in many histories of early New York. For example, a daughter, Hillitie, chose to live with the Dutch,[1] but served as an official Mohawk interpreter.[2] Ots-Toch had at least three other children with Cornelius Van Slyck, and may have had more children by a Mohawk father.[3] Some variants of Ots-Toch's legend claim that her father was French,[4] although this claim seems to lack historical documentation and is often considered discredited.[5] In local lore, Ots-Toch is often compared to Pocahontas, though the legends of each woman are quite different. The two share some similarities: each married 1st generation immigrants and were important to the success of the respective European colonies, and each has romanticized legends that conflict with historical facts. An important point of difference, however, is the conversion and acculturation of Pocahontas to her English husband, contrasted with Oct-Toch's rejection of Christianity and efforts to raise her children as Mohawks.

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Ots-Toch Van Slyke's Timeline

1622
1622
Canajoharie, NY
1635
1635
Age 13
Canajoharie, NY, USA
1636
July 15, 1636
Age 14
Albany, NY, USA
1636
Age 14
Kinderhook, NY, USA
1640
1640
Age 18
Canajoharie, Montgomery County, New York, United States
1640
Age 18
Beverwijk, Noord-Holland, Nederland
1641
1641
Age 19
Netherlands, Breukelen, Utrecht, Netherlands
1644
1644
Age 22
Canajoharie, Montgomery County, New York, United States
1646
1646
Age 24
Canajoharie, Nieuw-Nederland