St. Mary's Mission, by Nicolas Point, Midwest Jesuit Archives, St. Louis |
This week’s focus is the brief period
of missionary activity in the Northwest and the ways in which the
missionary presence influenced events in the region.
Professor Fritz’s lecture (~43 minutes) focuses on the “missionary
impulse,” and illustrates how the fur traders and the missionaries
worked in tandem, the ways in which Protestant and Catholic missionary
efforts differed, and the conflict that ultimately resulted from
The Maps section this week presents three
maps produced by missionaries in the region. The maps vary in detail
and in the information they depict. As you study them, take note
of what aspects of the area each cartographer deemed worthy of note.
Also included is an official map of Oregon Territory from a 1941U.
S. Exploratory Expedition.
For Tribal Perspectives we’ve
assembled interviews with individuals from five different tribes
that describe the missionary movement from the perspective of those
who were meant to be converted.
The People section this week presents a
selection of letters from Narcissa Whitman and a transcript of a
biography written by Father Nicolas Point of a Coeur d’Alene
woman known as “Louise.” We’ve also included a
list of films that deal with the missionary movement in other areas
of the globe, which might be helpful in getting students to understand
the cultural dynamics at the heart of the “missionary impulse.”
The Research page is meant to help you think
about the tremendous fluctuations in population numbers of both
indigenous peoples and newly arrived immigrants during this time