Sacred Feathers: The Reverend Peter Jones (Kahkewaquonaby) and the Mississauga Indians, Second Edition
Much of the ground on which Canada’s largest metropolitan centre now stands was purchased by the British from the Mississauga Indians for a payment that in the end amounted to ten shillings. Sacred Feathers (1802–1856), or Peter Jones, as he became known in English, grew up hearing countless stories of the treachery in those negotiations, early lessons in the need for Indian vigilance in preserving their land and their rights. Donald B. Smith’s biography of this remarkable Ojibwa leader shows how well those early lessons were learned and how Jones used them to advance the welfare of his people.
A groundbreaking book, Sacred Feathers was one of the first biographies of a Canadian Aboriginal to be based on his own writings – drawing on Jones’s letters, diaries, sermons, and his history of the Ojibwas – and the first modern account of the Mississauga Indians. As summarized by M.T. Kelly in Saturday Night when the book was first published in 1988, “This biography achieves something remarkable. Peter Jones emerges from its pages alive. We don’t merely understand him by the book’s end: we know him.”
- World Rights
- Page Count: 408 pages
- Illustrations: 30
- Dimensions: 5.5in x 1.2in x 8.5in
Reviews‘Outstanding The Reverend Peter Jones emerges as a major figure in Canadian Indian history, worthy company for Tecumseh and Joseph Brant.’
Donald C. MacDonald
‘Donald B. Smith must be commended for his thorough research, his sensitivity and understanding of his subject, and his very fine presentation of the life and work of this important Indian leader.’
Journal of American History
‘Donald Smith’s comprehensive and interesting biography … is essential reading for those wishing to keep in touch with contemporary developments, for on almost every page it sends echoes down into our own times.’
‘The lasting impression of this readable, important volume is one of a stalwart and high-minded individual who worked against insuperable odds.’
Henry Warner Bowden
Western Historical Quarterly
‘Sacred Feathers should be on the reading list of anyone interested in nineteenth-century Canadian history, the Ojibwa and their history, or the history of Methodist missions in North America. It is an insightful and well-documented study of a man, his people, and a time of change.’
Peter N. Peregrine
‘Sacred Feathers is a meticulously researched story, written in a popular yet scholarly style, about love and the struggle for survival … A welcome contribution to the growing body of literature concerning the Aboriginal people of Canada.’
Dean M. Jacobs, Director, Walpole Island Research Centre
Author InformationDonald B. Smith is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Calgary.
Table of contents
List of Maps and Illustrations
Introduction to the Second Edition
1 An Indian Boyhood
2 The Mississauga Indians
3 Sacred Feathers Becomes Peter Jones
4 Born Again
5 The Mississaugas’ Cultural Revolution
6 "Go Ye into All the World"
10 "All Out of Tune"
11 Land and Education
12 From Edinburgh to Echo Villa
13 The Final Years
14 Peter Jones’s Legacy
Appendix 1: Peter Jones on the Ojibwas’ and Europeans’ "Creeds and Practice"
Appendix 2: Eliza Field Jones on the Character of Her Late Husband
Appendix 3: Mississauga Place-Names
Subjects and Courses