Dans La vie gracieuse de Catherine Tekakwitha
, le jeune artiste propose plusieurs scenes decrivant l'univers de cette vierge iroquoise a l'existence mouvementee, convertie au christianisme par les Jesuites a la fin du dix-septieme siecle (fig.
, a Mohawk convert who followed a life of penance and chastity without having taken formal religious vows, died in April 1680; after her death, Indigenous women of New France described Catherine's "apparitions" to them in which she bid farewell and rose into heaven (Greer, Mohawk Saint 19).
Allan Greer has described this book as a "dual biography" of the famous Blessed Catherine Tekakwitha
and her hagiographer, the Jesuit priest Claude Chauchetiere.
The bronze plaque at her feet read "Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha
Palafox: Metaphorical Images of Disputed Sainthood"; Julia Boss, "Writing a Relic: The Uses of Hagiography in New France"; Allan Greet, "Iroquois Virgin: The Story of Catherine Tekakwitha
in New France and New Spain"; Kathleen Ann Myers, "'Redeemer of America': Rosa de Lima (1586-1617), the Dynamics of Identity, and Canonization"; and William B.
Although it was only a few days in 1999 and again in 2000, the time I spent with more than 1,500 Native Americans at the Tekakwitha
Conferences has had a tremendous impact on me.
The final section "scrutinizes" the recent history of the "Tekakwitha
Conference" and a series of discussions which took place between Lakota medicine men and Jesuit priests.
Today there are Assembly of God Churches in Hoopa, on the Yurok Reservation at Weitchpec and at Pecwan, in Karuk country at Orleans, and so on; Mormon, Seventh Day Adventist, various fundamentalist Protestant churches as well as Roman Catholic missions--including the Mission of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha
(the Algonquin-Mohawk saint) at Hoopa--all attract significant Indian congregations.
Vollmann seems to find its embodiment in Kateri Tekakwitha
, an Iroquois woman baptized in 1676 and now a candidate for sainthood.
Francis Mission (South Dakota), the Tekakwitha