Ethnographies and Exchanges: Native Americans, Moravians, and Catholics in Early North America
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press | ISBN: 0271033460 | edition 2008 | PDF | 216 pages | 19 mb
Early Europeans settling in America would never have survived without the help of Native American groups. Though histories of early America acknowledge this today, that has not always been the case, and even today much work needs to be done to appreciate more fully the nature of the interactions between the settlers and the First Peoples and to hear the impressions of, and exchanges between, these two groups. We also have much to learn about Native Americans as people their cultures, their languages, their views of the world, and their religious beliefs and about their impressions of the early settlers. One avenue to recovering the history of these relations examines early records that sought to understand the First Peoples scientifically. Missionaries were among those who chronicled the exchange between early settlers and Native Americans.