No Native group escaped contact with Euro-American Christians seeking to restructure and transform Native beliefs and societies into Christian ones. Mission work provided the underpinnings of conquest for all three major European groups and the Americans:
The proselytizing ethic is the impetus behind the unusual work seen here. Educated at Cambridge University in England, the missionary John Eliot — settled in colonial Massachusetts inwhereupon he flung himself into the difficult task of reconstructing the local Indian population.
To this end and with the help of the British Parliament, Eliot established some fourteen villages so that his "praying Indians" could live apart from harmful pagan influences. Most of these villages would eventually be taken over by white settlers, eager always for more space.
An accomplished pamphleteer and a contributor to the Bay Psalm Bookthe self-styled "Apostle to the Indians" went so far as to render the Bible into the native language Massachuset sometimes called Natickthus producing, in translation, the first Bible printed in North America.
I had rather that my actions of love should testify how welcome you are, and how glad I am of this your kind visitation, than that I should say it in a multitude of words. But in one word, you are very welcome into my heart, and I account it among the best of the joys of this day, that I see your face, and enjoy your company in my habitation.
It is an addition to the joys of this day, to see the face of my loving kinsman. And I wish you had come a little earlier, that you might have taken part with us in the joys of this day, wherein we have had all the delights that could be desired, in our merry meeting, and dancing.
And I pray cousin, how doth your wife, my loving kinswoman, is she yet living? And is she not yet weary of your new way of praying to God? And what pleasure have you in those ways?
My wife doth remember her love to you. She is in good health of body, and her soul is in a good condition.
She is entered into the light of the knowledge of God, and of Christ. She is entered into the narrow way of heavenly joys, and she doth greatly desire that you would turn from these ways of darkness in which you so much delight, and come taste and see how good the Lord is.
And whereas you wish I had come sooner, to have shared with you in your delights of this day. Alas, they are no delights, but griefs to me, to see that you do still delight in them. I am like a man that have tasted of sweet wine and honey, which have so altered the taste of my mouth, that I abhor to taste of your sinful and foolish pleasures, as the mouth doth abhor to taste the most filthy and stinking dung, the most sour grapes, or most bitter gall.
Our joys in the knowledge of God, and of Jesus Christ, which we are taught in the Book of God, and feel in our heart, is sweeter to our soul, than honey is unto the mouth and taste.
We have all the delights that the flesh and blood of man can devise and delight in, and we taste and feel the delights of them, and would you make us believe that you have found out new joys and delights, in comparison of which all our delights do stink like dung?
Would you make us believe that we have neither eyes to see, nor ears to hear, nor mouth to taste? I appeal to the sense and sight and feeling of the company present, whether this be so. You say very true.Calloway, Collin G. “John Eliot: A Dialogue between Piumbukhou and His Unconverted Relatives,” The World Turned Upside Down.
(2): Piumbukhou speaks to the Kinsman and the Kinswoman about converting to his religion.
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A Mi’kmaq Questions French “Civilization” The World Turned Upside Down Price: $ A DIALOGUE BETWEEN PIUMBUKHOU AND HIS UNCONVERTED RELATIVES (c. , by John Eliot)For many Christian British and European settlers to the Americas, attaining personal religious freedom was not tantamount to securing the Kingdom of Heaven.
Necessary also was an effort to win new souls, in this case those belonging to the New World's native inhabitants. 8. John Eliot, A Dialogue between Piumbukhou and His Unconverted Relatives, ca. A Mi’kmaq Questions French “Civilization” The World Turned Upside Down. INDIAN MISSIONS.
INDIAN MISSIONS represented an important form of contact between Indians and Europeans from the s through the s. No Native group escaped contact with Euro-American Christians seeking to restructure and transform Native beliefs and societies into Christian ones.