Monday, October 22, 2012
But one could not help but be impressed by the substantial number of Mohawk and other First Nations people for whom this was important and affirming, who said, "This shows we can be respected too."
A reminder: for historians, the story on this is Allan Greer's Mohawk Saint: Catherine Tekakwitha and the Jesuits. As one reviewer said, "In rescuing the "lily of the Mohawks" from her hagiographers, Allan Greer has produced an utterly fascinating volume." Greer mentions that the Jesuit-driven cult of Kateri was such that one could argue she was the most famous Canadian who ever lived. I saw no mention of Allan's work in the media coverage of the canonization events.
Update: Brian Busby reminds me that Leonard Cohen introduced a lot of people to Kateri Tekakwitha too!