Academic journal article Alberta History

Mississauga Portraits: Ojibwe Voices from Nineteenth-Century Canada

Academic journal article Alberta History

Mississauga Portraits: Ojibwe Voices from Nineteenth-Century Canada

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Mississauga Portraits: Ojibwe Voices from Nineteenth-Century Canada

by Donald B. Smith. Toronto: University of the Toronto Press, 490 pp., illus, maps, soft cover, $37.95.

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This book examines the careers of eight nineteenth century leaders of the Mississauga Ojibwes on north shore of Lake Ontario. They were unique in that they were early converts to Christianity. States the author, "By 1846, the Mississauga at the western end of Lake Ontario were singing Christian hymns. They observed the Sabbath. A number had adjusted to a new lifestyle of clearing land and practising European-style agriculture." (p.xxii) The homes were similar to their non-native neighbours, they wore European clothing and had some knowledge of the English language.

From this remarkable group of people arose a number of leaders, most influential of whom was Peter Jones who became a missionary for the Methodist Church. He is one of the eight persons considered by the author. The others are Joseph Sawyer, Catharine Sutton, Peter Jacobs, George Henry, George Copway, John Sunday, and Henry Bird Steinhauer. It is the final name of the list that is so important to the history of Alberta. Of the eight, he is the only one who had a western presence. …

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