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Old Wing Mission: Cultural Interchange As Chronicled by George and Arvilla Smith in Their Work With Chief Wakazoo's Ottawa Band in Western Michigan (Historical ... Series of the Reformed Church in America) [Hardcover]

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Pages   684
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.24" Width: 6.28" Height: 1.74"
Weight:   2.42 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2008
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802863817  
EAN  9780802863812  


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The story of the Ottawa Indians in West Michigan is told here primarily through the diaries and memoirs of George and Arvilla Smith, a Protestant missionary and his wife, who lived and raised their family among the Ottawa Indians. Memorandums and letters are also included, giving a fuller picture of the trials of frontier missionaries. The book begins with an introductory chapter on the history of Old Wing Mission.

The Smiths established their mission near modern-day Holland, Michigan, in the 1830s; their outpost was called the Old Wing Mission. The Smiths provided worship services, education for the children, and, in addition, communicated with the federal government on the behalf of the Ottawa Indians. The diary and memorandum of George Smith cover the period 1838-49; Arvilla's diary begins and ends earlier, 1832-45.

Also included in the book are Arvilla Smith's memoirs, published in the Grand Traverse Herald, Traverse City, Michigan, in 1892; an essay on the Life and Work of the Late Rev. George N. Smith: A Pioneer Missionary by Etta Smith Wilson, his daughter; and relevant correspondence in the records of the Michigan Superintendent of Indian Affairs, 1839-50.

Publishers Description
Old Wing Mission is a historical treasure of rare documents giving the account of Reverend George N. and Arvilla Smith in their work and social interactions with Native Americans at a Christian mission colony. / "On the American frontier natives and newcomers met in many places, but nowhere was the encounter more profound than at the Christian mission. Here missionaries sought not only to save Indian souls but to Americanize them. . . . As told through a remarkable set of original sources, the story of the Old Wing Mission reveals all the tensions and complexities when one culture seeks to change another. Old Wing Mission offers readers an opportunity to hear voices on both sides of the cultural divide. . . . Deserves a wide and appreciative audience." James P. Ronda, University of Tulsa / "Meticulous. . . . The Smith diaries recount the trials of frontier missionaries. . . . Academicians, Christian scholars, and readers who love history will all benefit from this high-quality work."James M. McClurken, Michigan State University

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More About Robert P. Swierenga

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Robert P. Swierenga is Albertus C. Van Raalte Research Professor of History at the A.C. Van Raalte Institute, Hope College, Holland, Michigan. A specialist in Dutch immigration history, Swierenga was knighted in 2000 by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

Robert P. Swierenga currently resides in the state of Ohio.

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