Battle for the soul: Métis children encounter evangelical by Keith R. Widder

By Keith R. Widder

In 1823 William and Amanda Ferry opened a boarding institution for Mtis kids on Mackinac Island, Michigan Territory, environment in movement an extreme non secular conflict to win the souls and alter the lives of the kids, their mom and dad, and all others dwelling at Mackinac. conflict for the Soul demonstrates how a bunch of enthusiastic missionaries, empowered by way of an uncompromising spiritual motivation, served as brokers of Americanization. The Ferrys' excessive hopes crumbled, besides the fact that, as they watched their paintings lead to a revival of Catholicism and their scholars refuse to desert the fur exchange as a life-style. the tale of the Mackinaw undertaking is that of people that held differing global perspectives negotiating to create a "middle-ground," a society with room for all.

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Métis settlements grew up near the seven major Chippewa villages in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota at Lac du Flambeau, Lac Court Oreilles, Yellow River, Page 8 Table 2. LOCATIONNUMBER OF MÉTISNUMBER OF INDIANSMackinac, St. Martin's Islands & Cheneaux14098St. Mary's161275Grand Island1436Keweenaw Bay28112Ontonagon15137Mouth of Montreal River, Mauvais River, La Pointe28185Fond du Lac38193Sandy Lake35280Pine River & Red Cedar Lake672Pierced Prairie & Noka Seepi [Nokaysippi]12100Lake Winnepec [Winnibigoshish]1079Turtle Lake1485Lac Traverse [Bemidji & Itasca Lake]11157Leech Lake Mukkundwas24706Rainy Lake16143Vermillion Lake7125Lake of the Woods9126Red Lake32258Pembina304580Falls of St.

Page iii Battle for the Soul Métis Children Encounter Evangelical Protestants at Mackinaw Mission, 1823-1837 Keith R. Widder MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY PRESS East Lansing Page iv Copyright (c) 1999 by Keith R. 48-1992 (R 1997) Michigan State University Press East Lansing, Michigan 48823-5202 04 03 02 01 00 99 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING-IN-PUBLICATION DATA Widder, Keith R.  Widder.  cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. 0089'970774923-dc21 CIP Cover design by Nicolette Rose.

Since the 1670s, when Mathurin Cadot, Warren's maternal great-great-great-grandfather, Page 2 first came to the Lake Superior country, Warren's Chippewa and French relatives had been making accommodations with each other. 3 Only in this way could people who had very different world views create a society that held together. When change led to accommodation, working relationships resulted. The Chippewa and French built their fur-trade society in such a way that Chippewa could still be Chippewa, French could still be French, and the Métis could become a people who drew upon the cultures of both of their parents.

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