American Indian and Alaska Native Newspapers and Periodicals, 1826-1924 - Vol. 1

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NE JAGUH + ́NIGÓ + ̆ + A + ̲AGEŚGWATHAH. THE MENTAL ELEVATOR

Ne Jaguh + ́nigó + ̆ageśgwathah or The Mental Elevator was published for the most part in the Seneca language, at the Buffalo Creek and Cattaraugus Reservations in New York from November 20, 1841, to April 15, 1850. There were nineteen numbers of eight pages, paginated consecutively.

Ne Jaguh + ́nigó + ̆ageśgwathah's editor and publisher was the Reverend Asher Wright, a missionary for the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. The New York Missionary Society had sent a missionary and a teacher to Buffalo Creek in 1811, but the missionary was not allowed to stay on the reservation. The teacher remained, however, and conducted a school intermittantly for six or eight years. The society established a permanent school at Buffalo Creek in 1820 and sent a missionary in 1821. This time the preacher stayed and established a church in 1823. The school and mission continued until 1846 when the reservation was sold and the people on the reservation removed to Cattaraugus. 1

Wright arrived at Buffalo Creek in 1831. Born at Hanover, New Hampshire, in 1803, he attended Dartmouth College in 1826-1827, left for Andover Theological Seminary, returned briefly in 1829 to Dartmouth for medical training, then reentered Andover, from which he graduated in 1831. After his ordination on October 12, 1831, Wright went to the Buffalo Creek Reservation as a missionary for the American Board. Wright and his wife, Laura, immersed them

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