Historiography of Mohawk Catherine Tekakwitha Analytical Essay by scribbler

Presents a historiographic analyze of the canonization of the Christian convert Catherine Tekawitha of the Mohawk tribe.
# 151793 | 2,335 words | 11 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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This paper commences by iterating the complexity of the relationship between the Mohawk, an Amerindian people of the Eastern Seaboard, and the European missionaries and settlers beginning in the 1660s. Next, the author underscores the multiple methods of historiography analysis as demonstrated by the understanding of the lives of French Jesuit Fr. Claude Chauchetiere and Catherine Tekakwitha, the daughter of a Mohawk chief and Catholic Algonquin woman. The paper describes her good deeds that lead to her veneration based on eyewitness accounts that her scars vanished at the time of her death revealing a woman of immense beauty.

Table of Contents:
History-Revision-Post Revision
Biographical Sketch
Evidence and Point of View

From the Paper:

James Ronda, in 'We Are Well as We Are:' An Indian Critique of Seventeenth Century Christian Missions," acknowledges that the interpretations of Christian missionaries and their dealings with Amerindian tribes have undergone numerous interpretations in the past few decades. These interpretations have ranged from the benevolent view (that many of them held about themselves), quietly serving the nature of God by converting the "savages" to Christianity - all with the idea of serving the Greater Glory of the Church (See: Neill and Chadwick, 1991). Instead, argues Ronda, it was not just the merchants, traders, and greedy politicians eager for land and riches that were agents of change, but the missionaries themselves - who were tasked with the "greater glory" of a change revolution - economics through religion - everything done can be seen as a way to Europeanize the populations (See: Jennings, 2010). In this post-revisionist light, Menon finds truth in both - we must realize that Europeans knew only limited information about the actual geography, territories, and indigenous populations in the New World. What they were confident of, however, was that the European traditions (religious and political) were ordained by God and came with the responsibility of not only a religious affiliation, but a change in worldview. For the upper class European of the time, however, the two were inseparable.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bentley, M. Modern Historiography: An Introduction. New York: Routledge, 1999.
  • Cholenec, P., (1696). "The Life of Catherine Tekakwitha, First Iorquois Virgin."Cited in: http://www.thelifeofkateritekakwitha.net/en/pc/chapter1.html
  • Furay, C., and M. Salevouris. The Methods and Skills of History: A Practical Guide. New York: Harlan Davidson.
  • Greer, A. (2005). Mohawk Saint. Oxford University Press.
  • Greer, A. (2000). The Jesuit Relations. Natives and Missionaries in Seventeenth-Century North America. Beford/St. Martin's.

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