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Instructions to a Dying Infidel: Translating Jesuit Missionary Attempts to Convert Huron-Wendat in New France
Scholar and linguist Dr. John L. Steckley has provided a groundbreaking translation (from Wendat to English) and discussion of a 17th-century Jesuit document aimed at converting Wendat people to Christianity. Instructions to a Dying Infidel expands our understanding of the complicated and often troubling history of contact between First Nations peoples and Christian missionaries in early Canada.
“I devoured this book. If your desire is to truly begin to understand how the indigenous worldview differs from the settlers’, you will find no better teacher. Steckley’s words fire the imagination.” – Joseph Boyden, author of The Orenda