National Geographic : 1937 Nov
O National Geographic Society 'ainting DyW.Langoon Ailin ALONE AND UNARMED, A JESUIT MISSIONARY GREETS HOSTILE IROQUOISWARRIORS The Jesuits' attempt to convert to Christianity the fierce tribes of the northeastern woodlands is a heroicchapter inAmerican history. Unspeakable tortures were inflicted on many a pioneer priest, for the Indians resented the advent of the new religion. To convert them. theJesuits feltthat they must learn the natives' own beliefs. This they set about doing systematically, and despite every hardship their missionary activities didnot diminish until after more than a century, when a measure of European civilization came to the region.