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Native American Missions and Missionaries

Entries are listed alphabetically.

Beauharnois, D'aigremont. "A Jesuit Missionary is Sent to the Detroit Hurons." Vol. 34, (1905): 63-64.

October, 1728. Jesuit missionary sent to the Huron Indians at Detroit, also explains the fears of other Indian groups assisting the Fox Indians.

Bringham, A. "The Early Mission at Sault Ste. Marie." Vol. 28, (1897): 520-524.

Bringham, a missionary, provides a history of his mission beginning in 1828. He describes the Indian's religious beliefs, medicine, drinking habits, etc.

Burton, C. M. "The Moravians at Detroit." Vol. 30, (1906): 51-63.

A history of the Detroit area Moravians; specifically their dealings with the Indians and British and the massacre at Moravian Town in 1782.

Bush, Mrs. "The Moravians in Michigan." Vol. 28, (1897): 133-137.

A history of the Moravians which includes accounts of the 1781 massacre by the British, the kidnapping of a white girl by Indians, and the Moravian Indians at a Huron settlement.

Coolidge, Orville W. "Address at the dedication of the Boulder Marking the site of Fort St. Joseph." Vol. 39, (1915): 283-291.

Includes discussion of white missionaries' work with Indians, especially Chief Pokagon, whose complete written request for a missionary in 1831 is included.

Day, J. E. "The Moravians in Michigan." Vol. 30, (1906): 44-51.

A history of the Moravians that includes their missionary work among the Indians at Detroit and the 1782 massacre at Moravian Town.

Girardin, J. A. "Life and Times of Rev. Gabriel Richard." Vol. 1, (1900): 493.

This essay contains a dialogue that took place in July of 1830 in which Chief Pokagon of the Potawatomi requested from Father Richard a resident missionary for his people.

Goss, Dwight. "The Indians of the Grand River Valley." Vol. 30, (1906): 172-190.

Discusses the settlement of Michigan by the People of the Three Fires, i.e. the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi. Also provides information relating to traders (including Langlade), missions, sketches of various Indian villages and chiefs, Indian names of towns and rivers, 1836 and 1855 treaties, annuities, social customs, houses, and commentary on the Indians' general character.

Humphrey, James W. "The Selkirk Reservation." Vol. 32, (1903): 381-383.

Allegan County bands of Odawa and Ojibwe Indians. Selkirk was sent in 1838 as a missionary, Sagamaw was the group's leader. This document is a typically racist account of "inferior" Indians.

Lewis-Hoyt, Mary M. "Life of Leonard Slater: Pioneer Preacher and Missionary." Vol. 35, (1907): 142-155.

Depicts slater's contacts with Michigan Indians, especially near Grand Rapids. Specifically mentions chiefs Noonday, Pokagon, Topinabee, and Megisoneenee.

"Montreal Papers: trouble with the Five Nations of the Iroquois." March 23, 1682. Vol. 34, (1905): 277-285.

Extracts from the opinions given at a conference held by Reverend Jesuit fathers, on the subject of news that came from the Iroquois.

O'Brien, Frank A. "Father Frank Pierz." Vol. 39, (1915): 225-232.

A biography of Father Pierz, a missionary who worked with Michigan's Indians in the mid 19th century.

O'Brien, F. A. "Lady Antoinette Von Hoeffern." Vol. 39, (1915): 221-224.

A biography of A. Von Hoeffern, an Austrian missionary who worked with Indians in the Lake Superior region in the late 1830's.


st, Chrysostom. "Life and labors of Bishop Baraga." Vol. 36, (1908): 534-547.

A biography of an Austrian bishop (1797-1868) who ministered to the Odawa of Harbor Springs and Grand Rapids (1830- ). Baraga printed an Odawa prayer book in 1832 and he moved Lake superior at la Pointe in 1834 then to L'Anse in 1845.

Walker, C. I. "Father Marquette and the Early Jesuits of Michigan." Vol. 8, (1886): 368-392.

Recounts the Jesuits' experiences in Michigan, especially with the Indians. Explains that the Hurons were the first in the region to accept Christianity.

Williams, Meade C. "The Old Mission Church of Mackinac Island." Vol. 38, (1912): 187-196.

This essay is a short history of protestant missions to the Indians; Indian schools on Mackinac; history of the Mackinac mission.

Wilson, Etta Smith. "Life and work to the Late rev. George N. Smith, a Pioneer Missionary." Vol. 30, (1906): 190-212.

Pages 198-207 describe the Odawa and Ojibwe colony at Allegan, 1838-1839. Also includes is a discussion of the colony's move to Holland in 1839 and its being called Old Wing Mission; troubles with the Dutch at Holland after 1847; and the move to Leelenaw in 1848.