A Munsee language edition of Methodist hymns, 1874

Collection of Hymns, in Muncey and English, for the Use of the Native Indians.


This little book prints 101 Methodist hymns in Munsee and English, on facing pages. The translator remarks, "Although the number of the Muncey, or Delawares, for whose use this collection is designed, is small, embracing only three Congregations in the Dominion of Canada, yet we desire to rejoice with our Brethren of other tribes and nations, while we sing the praises of God, in our own language, around our hearthstones and in our Churches." Many Munsee joined the Stockbridge Indians in Wisconsin in the 1830s and in 1857 they wrote a joint constitution called "Articles of Union and Confederation of the Stockbridge and Munsee Tribe" to guide their government. Munsee is still spoken today in Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Canada. This is one of several works on American Indian languages to be found at Turning Points in Wisconsin History. Readers should note that this is a historical document rather than a modern one; students wishing to study the language should rely on materials produced by the tribal language office.



Related Topics: Early Native Peoples
Territory to Statehood
Early U.S. Settlement
Treaty Councils, from Prairie du Chien to Madeline Island
Creator: Halfmoon, Charles, translator
Pub Data: Toronto: Printed for the Wesleyan Missionary Society, at the Conference Office, 1874. Digitized from a copy in the Wisconsin Historical Society Library Rare Book Collection, call no. PM1961 Z71 1874
Citation: Collection of Hymns, in Muncey and English, for the Use of the Native Indians. Minseewee, loonzwaywaukunnul, loonzwaghtohteedt neek, linnaupaywug, onnihkowhwoj moowhwaig hummohteedt Nun, Kayshohweesh ... (Toronto: Printed for the Wesleyan Missionary Society, at the Conference Office, 1874). Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1677; Visited on: 12/22/2014
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