On October 21, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI canonized Saint Kateri Tekakwitha as the first Native North American saint Mohawk Saint is a work of history that situates her remarkable life in its seventeenth century setting, a time of wars, epidemics, and cultural transformations for the Indian peoples of the northeast The daughter of a Algonquin mother and an Iroquois father,On October 21, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI canonized Saint Kateri Tekakwitha as the first Native North American saint Mohawk Saint is a work of history that situates her remarkable life in its seventeenth century setting, a time of wars, epidemics, and cultural transformations for the Indian peoples of the northeast The daughter of a Algonquin mother and an Iroquois father, Catherine Saint Kateri Tekakwitha 1656 1680 has become known over the centuries as a Catholic convert so holy that, almost immediately upon her death, she became the object of a cult Today she is revered as a patron saint by Native Americans and the patroness of ecology and the environment by Catholics generally, the first Native North American proposed for sainthood.Tekakwitha was born at a time of cataclysmic change, as Native Americans of the northeast experienced the effects of European contact and colonization A convert to Catholicism in the 1670s, she embarked on a physically and mentally grueling program of self denial, aiming to capture the spiritual power of the newcomers from across the sea Her story intersects with that of Claude Chauchetiere, a French Jesuit of mystical tendencies who came to America hoping to rescue savages from sin and paganism But it was Claude himself who needed help to face down his own despair He became convinced that Tekakwitha was a genuine saint and that conviction gave meaning to his life Though she lived until just 24, Tekakwitha s severe penances and vivid visions were so pronounced that Chauchetiere wrote an elegiac hagiography shortly after her death.With this richly crafted study, Allan Greer has written a dual biography of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha and Chauchetiere, unpacking their cultures in Native America and in France He examines the missionary and conversion activities of the Jesuits in Canada, and explains the Indian religious practices that interweave with converts Catholic practices He also relates how Tekakwitha s legend spread through the hagiographies and to areas of the United States, Canada, Europe, and Mexico in the centuries since her death The book also explores issues of body and soul, illness and healing, sexuality and celibacy, as revealed in the lives of a man and a woman, from profoundly different worlds, who met centuries ago in the remote Mohawk village of Kahnawake.
Mohawk Saint Catherine Tekakwitha and the Jesuits On October Pope Benedict XVI canonized Saint Kateri Tekakwitha as the first Native North American saint Mohawk Saint is a work of history that situates her remarkable life in its seventeenth
Fantastic read. Excellent background and breakdown from very few and faulty (in their own way) sources that break down barriers and assumptions. I was skeptical that I would enjoy it so much but I actually feel like this is one of my very favorite non-fiction reads. (History of Missions and Missionaries)
Exceptionally well-written! Imagine those sneaky Jesuits hiding holy water up their baggy sleeves and secretly baptizing those Algonquin babies (when their parents weren't looking!)
Read this if you wish, but I don't think this is a very well written review. The bibliographic description on the reverse side of the title page of Mohawk Saint includes two subject headings that include the term biography. Allan Greer wrote an excellent monograph that probes the lives of Catherine Tekakwitha, Claude Chauchetière, and Pierre Cholenec. The term biography is a rather limiting term, in that it implies a study of these individuals within history. Rather, Mohawk Saint is a microhist [...]
In his book Mohawk Saint: Catherine Tekakwitha and the Jesuits, Allan Greer writes about the clash and merging of Native and French cultures in Canada during the seventeenth century. The main character of Greer’s work is an Iroquois woman named Catherine Tekakwitha, who has been revered since her death by many pious Catholics as a saint. The book includes two secondary characters; the Jesuit priests Claude Chauchetière and Pierre Cholonec. The cultural background that Greer provides for both [...]
At its best, this is a history of two entangled cultures interpreting, misinterpreting and re-interpreting each other. There are moments when it is great. The book gets pulled in other directions, though. There, it's not so strong. Sometimes it becomes a reception history, looking at how Tekakwitha has been understood through history. Sometimes it becomes a deconstruction of the hagiographic genre. Sometimes it becomes speculative biography. It's always clear what the author is trying to do, but [...]
This is a fine book for any of those who have an innate interest in American Religious History. It can be a bit tedious at times, but still quite interesting. Not only does the author dive into the secret life of Tekakwitha he also shines a spotlight on the preacher who redeemed her as a hidden saint.
The author peeled away the hagiography rather well.