The Moravian Springplace Mission to the Cherokees, Abridged Edition
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of Nebraska Press
Series: Indians of the Southeast
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
Series Editors’ Preface
The Moravians, a pietistic German sect who settled in piedmont North Carolina in the mid-eighteenth century, conducted the fi rst sustained Christian missionary work among the Cherokees. The mission’s most dynamic years were those when John and Anna Rosina Gambold provided its leadership. The Gambold years correspond to a period of enor-...
Many persons made suggestions and assisted me in the publication of The Moravian Springplace Mission to the Cherokees, Abridged Edition. Past acquisitions editor and director of the University of Nebraska Press Gary Dunham, now of Albany, New York, recommended that I write a thematic abridgment of the Moravian Springplace Mission to the Cherokees...
This abridgment of The Moravian Springplace Mission to the Cherokees, 1805–1821, is a representative compilation of Anna Rosina Gambold’s written observations extracted from the recently published two-volume edition. Anna Rosina Gambold was the principal writer from October 1, 1805, to June 30, 1820, but other missionaries wrote from time to time:...
This abridgment of the two-volume Moravian Springplace Mission to the Cherokees illuminates the careful observations of Anna Rosina née Kliest Gambold, Moravian missionary to the Cherokees from 1805 to 1821. Recorded almost daily, the narratives are extracted from the two volumes of The Moravian Springplace Mission to the Cherokees, 1805–1813...
1. Significant Events and Themesat Springplace Mission between1805 and 1821
An imported enterprise, Springplace Mission not only mirrored western values but also showed how those very values intersected with and affected Cherokee sensibility. Though Anna Rosina’s prime duty was to train Cherokee children in the “arts of civilization,” the internal mission discourse ultimately reflected the intensity of disparate cultural contacts. The physicality of place allowed common ground where Cherokees and missionaries interacted and conversed.
2. Continuity of Traditional Cherokee Cultural Traits
Anna Rosina Gambold recorded matters pertaining to the Cherokees’ concept of land, Cherokee body ornaments, food preparation and consumption, conjuring, Cherokee law and punishment, and matriarchal and marriage traditions. Further, she recorded stories the missionaries had heard about rainmaking and about the origins of the Cherokee people, and she conversed...
As Cherokees transcended the deceits and vagaries of the Early Republic’s assimilation or “civilization” Indian policies, they became increasingly under pressure to cede land in the East and move west. One Cherokee family, the Ridges, was extraordinarily affected by the “civilization program.” As noted earlier, John Ridge wrote to President James Monroe...
Page Count: 184
Illustrations: 1 illustration, 2 maps
Publication Year: 2010
Series Title: Indians of the Southeast
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