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Old Wing Mission Old Wing Mission

Cultural Interchange as Chronicled by George and Arvilla Smith in Their Work with Chief Wakazoo's Ottawa Band on the West Michigan Frontier

by Swierenga, Robert P., Van Appledorn, William

A historical treasure of rare documents, the book gives the account of the Reverend George N. Smith and his wife Arvilla in their work and social interactions (1838-1849) as missionaries to the Native Americans. This couple laboured at a post near the site, where the Rev. A.C. Van Raalte’s Dutch immigrant settlement of Holland, Michigan sprung up, leading to the relocation of the Ottawa band to a place farther to the north. The book reveals the crucial roles Smith and the Ottawas played in the very early segment of Holland’s history. Published as part of the Historical Series of the Reformed Church in America (HSRCA).
"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

Hardcover, 704 pages, notes, index of 35 pages, illustrated,

USD 48.95 / CAD 59.95

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