The Betrayal of Faith: The Tragic Journey of a Colonial Native Convert

The Betrayal of Faith: The Tragic Journey of a Colonial Native Convert

by Emma Anderson
     
 

ISBN-10: 067402608X

ISBN-13: 9780674026087

Pub. Date: 10/15/2007

Publisher: Harvard

Emma Anderson uses one man's compelling story to explore the collision of Christianity with traditional Native religion in colonial North America.

Pierre-Anthoine Pastedechouan was born into a nomadic indigenous community of Innu living along the St. Lawrence River in present-day Quebec. At age eleven, he was sent to France by Catholic missionaries to be educated

Overview

Emma Anderson uses one man's compelling story to explore the collision of Christianity with traditional Native religion in colonial North America.

Pierre-Anthoine Pastedechouan was born into a nomadic indigenous community of Innu living along the St. Lawrence River in present-day Quebec. At age eleven, he was sent to France by Catholic missionaries to be educated for five years, and then brought back to help Christianize his people.

Pastedechouan's youthful encounter with French Catholicism engendered in him a fatal religious ambivalence. Robbed of both his traditional religious identity and critical survival skills, he had difficulty winning the acceptance of his community upon his return. At the same time, his attempts to prove himself to his people led the Jesuits to regard him with increasing suspicion. Suspended between two worlds, Pastedechouan ultimately became estranged--with tragic results--from both his native community and his missionary mentors.

An engaging narrative of cultural negotiation and religious coercion, Betrayal of Faith documents the multiple betrayals of identity and culture caused by one young man's experiences with an inflexible French Catholicism. Pastedechouan's story illuminates key struggles to retain and impose religious identity on both sides of the seventeenth-century Atlantic, even as it has a startling relevance to the contemporary encounter between native and non-native peoples.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674026087
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
10/15/2007
Series:
Harvard Historical Studies Series, #160
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Prologue: Pierre-Anthoine Pastedechouan, Voyager between Worlds

1. "Thy God Has Not Come to Our Country": Innu Childhood

2. "Do Not Take Me Back to Those Beasts Who Do Not Know God": Transformation in France

3. "I Have Not a Mind Strong Enough to Remain Firm": Religious Ambivalence

4. "God Has Let His Thunderbolts Fall": Apostasy and Death in the Canadian Woods

5. Pastedechouan's Legacy

Note on Sources and Method

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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