Joseph the Huron
By ANTOINETTE BOSCO
Illustrated by Norman Pomerantz
P. J. Kenedy & Sons, New York
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Imprimatur: FRANCIS CARDINAL SPELLMAN Archbishop of New York
New York August 21,1961
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by Antoinette Bosco and R. van Valkenburg
the Reverend Francis X. Talbot, S.J., of beloved memory, who first hoped that the story of Joseph Chiwatenwa would be made known.
It was Julie Kernan, editor of American Background Books, who first introduced me to Joseph Chiwatenwa. Her friend. Father Francis X. Talbot, S.J. had talked about "an Indian named Joseph," converted by the Jesuits, who lived a fascinating story. Father Talbot hoped to write a book about Joseph, but he died before this could be done.
With the help of Father James Somerville, S.J., chairman of the Philosophy Department of Fordham University, I obtained volumes of the Jesuit Relations, and began to study the history of the seventeenth-century North American Jesuit missions, gleaning the story of Joseph Chiwatenwa's life from these Relations, or letters which the missionaries wrote and sent back to their superiors in France.
For his help in obtaining research materials, I now publicly thank my friend Father Somerville.
In addition to the Jesuit Relations, mainly volumes 15 to 21, the Encyclopedia Americana, and reference books on Indian history from the shelves of the New York State Library in Albany, N. Y. the following books were also helpful in my research: Saint Among the Hurons, F. X. Talbot, S.J. Harper & Bros., New York, 1949; Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons, Wilfrid and Elsie Jury, Oxford University Press, Toronto, 1954; Saint Among Savages, F. X. Talbot, S.J. Harper & Bros., New York, 1935; Les Relations de ce qui s'est passe au pays des Hurons (1635-1648), St. Jean de Brébeuf; Jesuit and Savage in New France, John H. Kennedy, Yale University Press, New Haven, 1950; Donjon of Demons, B. Fitzpatrick, Henry Holt & Co., New York, 1930; The Jesuits in History, Martin P. Harney, S.J. America Press, New York, 1941. A.B.
Principal Persons and Places
CHIWATENWA, Huron brave who took the Christian name of Joseph
TEONDECHOREN, Chiwatenwa's older brother
SAOEKBATA, another brother of Chiwatenwa who became the Christian Peter
AONETTA, wife of Chiwatenwa, baptized Marie
TSONDIHWANE, elderly Indian of Ossosane, whose Christian name was Rene
ONDIHORREA, a chief of the Cord nation of the Hurons
AOCHIATI, first Christian of the Cord nation, baptized Matthias
ONONKWAIA, Oneida chief captured by the Hurons
FATHER JEAN DE Brébeuf, known as Echon by the Indians
FATHER ISAAC JOGUES, whose Indian name was Ondessonk
FATHER JEROME LALEMENT, successor to Father de Brébeuf as superior of Huron mission
FATHER FRANCOIS LE MERCIER, another missionary to the Hurons
FATHER PIERRE CHASTELLAIN, missionary called Arioo by the Indians
ROBERT LE COQ, Jesuit oblate or donne
IHONATIRIA, site of first Jesuit residence with Hurons
OSSOSANE, capital village of Bear nation
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