Mohawk Saint

Mohawk Saint : Catherine Tekakwitha and the Jesuits

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The daughter of a Algonquin mother and an Iroquois father, Catherine/Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680) has become known over the centuries as a Catholic convert so holy that, almost immediately upon her death, she became the object of a cult. Today she is revered as a patron saint by Native Americans and the patroness of ecology and the environment by Catholics more generally, the first Native North American proposed for sainthood. Tekakwitha was born at a time of cataclysmic change, as Native Americans of the northeast experienced the effects of European contact and colonization. A convert to Catholicism in the 1670s, she embarked on a physically and mentally grueling program of self-denial, aiming to capture the spiritual power of the newcomers from across the sea. Her story intersects with that of Claude Chauchetiere, a French Jesuit of mystical tendencies who came to America hoping to rescue savages from sin and paganism. But it was Claude himself who needed help to face down his own despaishow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 154.9 x 233.7 x 17.8mm | 362.88g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 2 maps, 17 halftones
  • 0195309340
  • 9780195309348
  • 1,191,232

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He has successfully turned the story of a touching relationship between a sickly Indian woman and a heart-sick French missionary into a larger discourse about the societies to which they belonged. * Elizabeth Rapley, The English Historical Review * This book is no doubt the most comprehensive study of Catherine Tekakwitha to date, at least in English ... This book is impressive as a scholarly study * William Lonc, S.J., Archivum Historicum *show more

About Allan Greer

Allan Greer is Professor of History at the University of Toronto. He is the author of The People of New France, Peasant, Lord, and Merchant: Rural Society in Three Quebec Parishes, 1740-1840, The Jesuit Relations: Natives and Missionaries in Seventeenth-Century North America, and co-editor of Colonial Saints: Discovering the Holy in the Americas, 1500-1800.show more

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