Vanished Worlds, Enduring People

The Written Word

Jean Baptiste de La Brosse. Nehiro-Iriniui Aiamihe Massinahigan Uabistiguiatsh [i.e. Québec]: Massinahitsetuau, Broun Gaie Girmor, 1767. [view]

La Brosse (1724-1782), a French Jesuit missionary, was a forceful advocate for the Montagnais (Innu) and Abenaki peoples in Canada. As a missionary to the Montagnais, he embarked on a successful program of literacy for those in his parish. This prayer book in Montagnais was the first book published in an Indian language in Canada.

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