Mohawk Saint: Catherine Tekakwitha and the Jesuits

By Allan Greer | Go to book overview
Save to active project

Her Sisters

ARRIVING WITH HER BROTHER-IN-LAW IN THE AUTUMN OF 1677, TEKAKWITHA PREsumably went straight to her sister’s longhouse for a dish of sagamité and a warm welcome. This dwelling at Kahnawake was to be her home for the two and a half years that remained to her on earth. The sister (never named in the sources) had a cooking fire and a portion of the longhouse for her nuclear family, and that became the focus of Tekakwitha’s life as a producer and consumer of material goods. Her work in the fields and her handiwork belonged, in the first instance, to that family and she shared the food cooked on its hearth. All around were other domestic units, which together made up the extended family of the longhouse society. The new physical surroundings in which Tekakwitha found herself—the bark walls, the pots and baskets, the corn hanging from the rafters—would have had a basically familiar look, and many of the longhouse residents would have been people she had known back in Gandaouagué before they had left for the St. Lawrence. Among the familiar faces was that of her mother’s old friend, Anastasia Tegonhatsiongo, the ranking matron in the longhouse.

Tegonhatsiongo immediately took the newcomer in hand, bringing her along on the daily round of women’s work, which at that time of year centered mainly on the gathering of fuel for the coming winter. Chauchetière’s biography concentrates on the religious side of their developing relationship:


Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this page

Cited page

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Mohawk Saint: Catherine Tekakwitha and the Jesuits


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 249

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?