"Compelling, well written, and evocative of an important time and place in colonial North America-where the sharing of spiritual concerns could result in new meanings, new understandings, and new relationships (both ambiguous and fraught)-Leavelle's scholarship opens new windows of interpretation that demand scholarly attention."-Journal of American History "A thorough study of Jesuit influence in the Great Lakes, and the author shows how, where, and why Christianity appealed to Indian communities."-American Historical Review "Leavelle pays balanced attention to the French and indigenous peoples, and complicates ideas about Catholicism and expressions of Indian culture and tradition. He considers how Catholicism was, for many Indians, an authentic expression of their lives. This results in a rich and engaging story about the expanding, retracting, and ever-evolving relationships between the missionaries and various Algonquian-speaking nations of the Upper Great Lakes and Illinois country."-Catholic Historical Review "An extended and elegant essay on the meanings and nuances of religious conversions... In addition to its sophisticated and nuanced analysis of these religious and cultural exchanges, this book contains moments of exceptional insight."-Church History "With great detail and imagination, Leavelle brings a nuanced approach to conversion as cross-cultural practice, paying balanced attention to missionaries and Indians, analyzing behavior and action, song and speech, rituals and relationships, and considering plural conversions in the context of a volatile colonial world. One of the best studies I have read on the subject."-Colin G. Calloway, Dartmouth College
About the Author
Tracy Neal Leavelle is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History and Director of the Digital History Initiative at Creighton University.