The Jesuit relations : natives and missionaries in seventeenth-century North America / edited with an introduction by Allan Greer.
Contributor(s): Greer, Allan.Material type: TextSeries: Bedford series in history and culture: Publisher: Boston : Bedford/St. Martin's, c2000Description: xiii, 226 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm.ISBN: 0312167075 (pbk.); 9780312167073 (pbk.); 0312227442; 9780312227449.Subject(s): Jesuits -- Missions -- North America -- History -- Sources | Jesuits -- Missions -- North America -- History -- 17th century | Indians of North America -- Missions -- History -- Sources | Indians of North America -- Missions -- History -- 17th century | Canada -- History -- To 1763 (New France) -- Sources | First contact of aboriginal peoples with Westerners -- SourcesDDC classification: 917 LOC classification: F1030.7 | .J47 2000Other classification: 74.25 | NV 5260
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 215-217) and index.
Selections from the seventy-three-volume compilation, The Jesuit relations and allied documents, published uner the editorship of Reuben Gold Thwaites.
Introduction: Native North America and the French Jesuits -- 1. Montagnais hunters of the Northern woodlands. Paul Le Jeune Winters with Mestigoit's band, 1633-1634 -- The montagnais described -- How to settle disputes and discipline children. 2. Jean de Brebeuf on the Hurons. Language -- Religion, myth, and ritual -- Law and government -- The Huron feast of the dead. 3. Disease and medicine. Huron medical practices -- The influenza epidemic of 1637 -- Smallpox among the Hurons, 1639 -- A medical duel: Father Allouez and the Potawotamis. 4. Diplomacy and war. Peace negotiations at Three Rivers, 1645 -- Iroquois attacks on the Algonquins, 1647 -- The Hurons annihilated, 1649. 5. Writings on the natural environment. Montagnais explanations of a solar eclipse -- The moral qualities of animals -- Earthquakes, comets, and other prophetic signs -- Nature as a storehouse of resources. 6. Missions to the Iroquois. Mission to the Mohawk country, 1667 -- The Mohawks converted -- The Iroquois mission of Sault St. Louis/Kahnawake. 7. Martyrs and mystics. The ordeal of Isaac Jogues -- A native saint -- Exploring the Mississippi. APPENDICES. Chronology of events related to the Jesuit Relations.
"Vitally important, the writings of seventeenth-century French Jesuits in Native North America tell the story of early American encounters. This new edition binds them into a thematically arranged, 36-document sampler with a detailed introduction that provides background on these missionaries, the Indians, and their cohabitation in early North America. Colorful journal entries by such fathers as Paul LeJeune, Jean de Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues, and Jacques Marquette describe the Huron, Algonquin, Iroquois, and Montagnais peoples."--Jacket.