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 severe non secular conflict to win the souls and alter the lives of the kids, their mom and dad, and all others residing at Mackinac. conflict for the Soul demonstrates how a bunch of enthusiastic missionaries, empowered through an uncompromising non secular 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 alternate as a lifestyle. the tale of the Mackinaw challenge is that of people that held differing international perspectives negotiating to create a "middle-ground," a society with room for all.

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0089/970774923 subject : Métis--Missions--Michigan--Mackinac Island (Island) , Métis--Cultural assimilation--Michigan--Mackinac Island (Island) , Mackinaw Mission--History, Evangelicalism--Michigan--Mackinac Island (Island) , Ojibwa Indians--Missions. 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.

The soil and climate did not allow the Métis or anyone else to farm on a large scale in the Lake Superior country. When the missionaries confronted the children with the radical demand that they accept evangelical Christianity, they again largely refused, and those who converted dealt with the implications of their conversion on the middle ground. Outwardly, the converts had to abandon the Roman Catholic Church and could not participate in the Mass or confess their sins before a priest. But inwardly, they could fit their new-found evangelical beliefs into Christian concepts taught them by their parents.

William M. Ferry and Amanda White Ferry, Courtesy of Mackinac State Historic Parks, Michigan. Mackinaw Mission, Courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan. Visit Michigan State University Press on the World-Wide Web at: www. edu/unit/msupress Page v For Agnes and in memory of Sara Franks Chambers Page vii Contents Acknowledgments xi Preface xiii Foreshadows xxi Chapter I The Métis Family: Origins and Characteristics 1 Chapter II "Go Ye into All the World . " 27 Chapter III Mackinac, 1815-1830: A Métis Community Responds to Americanization 47 Chapter IV Evangilical Ministry to the Multi-Ethnic Community at Mackinac, 1822-1837 69 Chapter V Together as Family 103 Afterword 133 Appendix 1 Children at Mackinaw Mission 137 Appendix 2 Missionaries at Mackinac and Lake Superior, 1822-1837 145 Page viii Appendix 3 Letters Containing Conversion Accounts Written by Students at Mackinaw Mission 151 Appendix 4 "A Sketch of the Seat of War between the Chippeways and Sioux" 173 Notes 177 Bibliography 221 Index 243 Page ix List of Maps and Tables Maps Northern United States, c.

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