Most widely known by her English name Emily Pauline Johnson, Tekahionwake (1861 – 1913) was the daughter of a Mohawk hereditary clan chief father and an English-born mother. Her parents encouraged her and her siblings to learn and respect both their Mohawk and English backgrounds, but it was not easy. Tekahionwake means 'double-life'. At times this must have felt a most fitting name.
Tekahionwake was a prolific writer, and became one of the key figures of Canadian literature and is considered a "Person of National Historic Significance in Canada". In her Poem "Low Tide at St Andrews, Tekahionwake offers us a glimpse into life in the Atlantic Canadian province of New Brunswick.