FEBRUARY 2012

My Brother,

I recently watched the 1992 remake of the great action/adventure movie “The Last of the Mohicans” with actor Daniel Day-Lewis. I was moved by the ending scene of the movie, but first a little background information.

The book was written by James Fenimore Cooper in 1826, a best seller of its day. The story takes place in 1757, during the French and Indian War, also referred to as the Seven Years War, when France and Great Britain battled for control of the North American ports and colonies. The story, as seen through the eyes of the character Hawkeye, sheds light upon the Indian culture which had been desecrated and corrupted by the arrival of European entrepreneurs and colonists. Hawkeye was taken as a child by the Mohawk tribe and raised by their wise leader Chingachgook who taught him the life skills and philosophy of the Native Americans. Hawkeye became a great hunter and warrior.

In the movie, there are villains in every corner and some very interesting battle scenes including one that shows how the French gunnellS applied Geometry, the first science, using the plumb and protractor to aim their mortars at the British Fort. Anyway … In the last scene of the movie Hawkeye, Chingachgook and Cora, the English general’s daughter, are gazing out at the breathtaking and enchanting Mohawk Valley in Central New York State. They are reflecting on what they had lost. Although Cora had been rescued from the Huron villain Magua, her sister, Al ice, had thrown herself off a cliff to escape being Magua’s wife. Chingachgook’s son Uncas, the last in the family line, had been killed by Magua during the rescue.

In the final moments, Hawkeye is lamenting the loss of his brother and longtime friend Uncas, Cora the loss of her sister, and Chingachgook the loss of his son, Uncas, and the extinction of his tribe. Quietly, Chingachgook speaks about the Great Spirit, the sanctity of nature, and his waiting to join the Great Council in the sky as the last of the Mohicans. My Brother, as Freemasons, we will never have to feel this loneliness. Being part of this great Fraternity and Brotherhood guarantees we are not alone because there are brothers who will always be there to support us until we meet our own Great Spirit, the Great Architect of the Universe.

Fraternally

Ted J. Parry

Worshipful Master