Ethnographies and exchanges : Native Americans, Moravians, and Catholics in early North America /
edited by A.G. Roeber.
University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, c2008.
xxiv, 216 p. ; 24 cm.
0271033460 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780271033464 (cloth : alk. paper)
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University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, c2008.
0271033460 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780271033464 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2009-04-01:
Examining historical exchanges between Native peoples such as the Delaware, Haudenosaunee, Munsee, and Wabanaki and the Protestant Moravian and Jesuit Catholic missionaries operating around Pennsylvania and Lower Canada between the late-17th and mid-18th centuries, this excellent anthology also presents exchanges among translators, ethnohistorians, and Native and non-Native scholars. The authors treat both Native and missionary beliefs respectfully, grappling with issues such as conversion, personal agency, accommodation and resistance, mission policy and personnel, intercultural exchange, the importance of music in missionization, and realities of gender difference. Articles also examine the translation of mission documents and missionary diaries and the alcohol trade, and include interpretations of missionary texts in light of current historical and cultural analyses. The work focuses more on Moravian than Jesuit missions and includes materials on other free church groups among the Seneca. The anthology succeeds in recovering Native as well as missionary voices, carefully building context to make those voices understandable to contemporary readers and reintroducing these important texts in exciting ways that will stimulate further study. One quibble about this engaging, inspiring work: despite its geographical range, there are no maps. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. R. A. Bucko Creighton University
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This volume explores the interactions of two 17th- and 18th-century European settlement peoples with Native Americans: German-speaking Moravian Protestants, and French-speaking Roman Catholics.
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Early Europeans settling in America would never have survived without the help of Native American groups. Though histories of early America acknowledge this today, that has not always been the case, and even today much work needs to be done to appreciate more fully the nature of the interactions between the settlers and the "First Peoples" and to hear the impressions of, and exchanges between, these two groups. We also have much to learn about Native Americans as people--their cultures, their languages, their views of the world, and their religious beliefs--and about their impressions of the early settlers. One avenue to recovering the history of these relations examines early records that sought to understand the First Peoples scientifically. Missionaries were among those who chronicled the exchange between early settlers and Native Americans. The diaries, letters, and journals of these early ethnographers are among the most valuable resources for recovering the languages, religions, cultures, and political makeup of the First Peoples. This volume explores the interactions of two seventeenth- and eighteenth-century European settlement peoples with Native Americans: German-speaking Moravian Protestants, and French-speaking Roman Catholics. It is among these two European groups that we have some of the richest records of the exchange between early settlers and Native Americans. Editor A. G. Roeber introduces the volume, whose chapters--by an international cast of contributors--are grouped in three parts: Texts and Interpretive Perspectives, Missions and Exchanges, and Indigenous Perspectives.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
"This Much Admired Man": Isaac Glikhikan, Moravian Delawarep. 1
Texts and Interpretive Perspectives
Moravians and the Development of the Genre of Ethnographyp. 19
The Succession of Head Chiefs and the Delaware Culture of Consent: The Delaware Nation, David Zeisberger, and Modern Ethnographyp. 31
Zeisberger's Diaries as a Source for Studying Delaware Sociopolitical Organizationp. 49
Missions and Exchanges
The Impossible Acculturation: French Missionaries and Cultural Exchanges in the Seventeenth Centuryp. 67
The Holy See and the Conversion of Aboriginal Peoples in North America, 1760-1830p. 77
Policing Wabanaki Missions in the Seventeenth Centuryp. 97
The Moravian Missionaries of Bethlehem and Salemp. 115
"Incline Your Second Ear This Way": Song as a Cultural Mediator in Moravian Mission Townsp. 125
Indigenous Perspectives
Munsee Social Networking and Political Encounters with the Moravian Churchp. 145
The Gender Frontier Revisited: Native American Women in the Age of Revolutionp. 165
Debating Missionary Presence at Buffalo Creek: Haudenosaunee Perspectives on Land Cessions, Government Relations, and Christianityp. 175
Translation as a Prism: Broadening the Spectrum of Eighteenth-Century Identityp. 195
Indexp. 208
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