[lg policy] One of the documents in the "secret" Vatican archives is a letter in Ojibwe

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
Fri Mar 2 16:15:57 UTC 2012

A letter from a Native American tribe

One of the most intriguing documents is a letter written on birch bark
in 1887 by the Ojibwe tribe of Native Americans from Grassy Lake,
Ontario, to Pope Leo XIII.

The letter was written in May but is datelined “where there is much
grass, in the month of the flowers” and addresses the pope as “the
Great Master of Prayer, he who holds the place of Jesus.” It was
written in the Ojibwe language, with a translation in French given by
a Catholic missionary.

The letter thanks God and the Pope for sending a bishop to work among the Ojibwe



 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com


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