Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Muh-He-Ka-Ne-Ok is online

Muh-He-Ka-Ne-Ok: A History of the Stockbridge Nation was written by John Nelson Davidson, a Presbyterian minister, and published in 1893. It was supposed to be the first of a series of short studies on various ethnic groups associated with Presbyterianism in Wisconsin. Of course, Davidson got a little carried away with the Stockbridge Mohicans, some of whom were model Presbyterians at a time when there were hardly any white people in what is now Wisconsin. Like Electa Jones, Davidson has his shortcomings as an historian. Nevertheless, our picture of Algonkian church history is more complete thanks to his work.

btw: "Muh-He-Ka-Ne-Ok" is Davidson's spelling for Muhhekunnuk, the name the Mohicans used for themselves and their homeland in their own language which is roughly translated as "people of the waters that are never still" (I've heard a number of different translations so I say it is "roughly translated.")

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