A Short History of the North American Indians

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Originally published in 1837 in Europe in German, French, and Slovenian editions, Baraga’s Short History of the North American Indians is the personal, first-hand account of a Catholic missionary in the Great Lakes area of North America. Baraga served as a missionary and as bishop of Sault Ste. Marie and Marquette, from 1830 until his death in 1868. His significant contribution to Native American history is associated with this publication and provides invaluable insight into the nature of mid-nineteenth century ...

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Overview

Originally published in 1837 in Europe in German, French, and Slovenian editions, Baraga’s Short History of the North American Indians is the personal, first-hand account of a Catholic missionary in the Great Lakes area of North America. Baraga served as a missionary and as bishop of Sault Ste. Marie and Marquette, from 1830 until his death in 1868. His significant contribution to Native American history is associated with this publication and provides invaluable insight into the nature of mid-nineteenth century central European mission initiatives to the New World. The text also includes a substantial amount of original observation about the Lake Superior frontier in the early nineteenth century, particularly the exterior side of life such as dress and customs, hunting techniques, tools, and art. This translation includes an introduction to the text that discusses Baraga’s work and places it into a historical context.
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870137358
  • Publisher: Michigan State University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Graham MacDonald has worked as a teacher, planner and historian across Canada and is currently a historian for Parks Canada in Calgary.

Bishop Frederic Baraga was Chief among the Lake Superior area missionaries 1797-1868). Baraga, beginning in 1830, devoted thirty- six years of his life to the Ojibwa and Ottawa, chiefly at L'Anse (Michigan) on Keweenaw Bay. The narrative of his career is one long record of heroic sacrifice. His great grammar and dictionary is the accepted standard for the Ojibway language. The highly developed Ojibway language represents an organic understanding of nature. Many Ojibway words come from the natural sounds of the living forest. Frederick Baraga was the first linguist to study the Ojibway language

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Table of Contents

Editor’s Introduction: Piety, Perception, and Justice: Frederic Baraga in the New World Introduction
1.Manners and Customs of the North American Indians
2.Dress of the Indians
3.Habitation and Food of the North American Indians4.Arts of the North American Indians
5.Hunting Practices of the North American Indians
6.On Hunting—Conclusion
7.Fisheries on the North American Indians
8.Marriage and Education of the Young among the North American Indians
9. Religion of the North American Indians
10.On Religion—Conclusion
11.Warfare of the North American Indians
12.Form of Government among the North American Indians
13.Diseases and Cures of the North American Indians
14.Mortuary Customs of the North American Indians
 
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