George Johnson's mother was also opposed to the marriage; she was concerned their children would not be considered Mohawks.

They had a private wedding but were hounded by curious onlookers after the ceremony.

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Emily Pauline Johnson was born on March 10, 1861, near Brantford, Ontario.

She was one of four children born to George Johnson, a Mohawk chief on the Six Nations Indian Reserve, and Emily Howells, a wealthy white woman originally from Bristol, England.

Her paternal grandfather was Mohawk chief Smoke Johnson.

Johnson's mother was living with her family in Ohio when she decided to join her sister, who was living near Brantford.

While staying there, she met George Johnson, who had been raised primarily among whites.

George and Emily Johnson were married in 1853 despite opposition from some white citizens of Brantford.Emily Johnson's brother-in-law, a minister, refused to marry the couple. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life.But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for." ~Dead Poet's Society~Pauline Johnson (1861-1913) was the first Native American poet to have her work published in Canada and was one of the few women of her time who succeeded in supporting herself from her writings and recitals.Thousands of Canadian schoolchildren have read her poem "The Song My Paddle Sings."Johnson was unique in her time because she recited her own work rather than that of others.Her recitals of her own poems, anecdotes, and plays were a refreshing change for American and Canadian audiences whose usual theatrical fare was Shakespeare or Ibsen.