Theresa Schenck: Ojibwe resistance to Christianity

Produced by Nick Vander Puy
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Theresa Schenck received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Rutgers University. In 1997 she was the Native American Fulbright Scholar to Canada, and taught First Nation History for two years at the University of Winnipeg.

Now, she teaches in the American Indian Studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

She's an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation and has Ojibwe descent through her grandmother. 

Schenck has edited two of George Nelson's 1805 journals which were written among the Ojibwe of Wisconsin, and published as "My First Years in the Fur Trade."  She has also edited William Warren's "History of the Ojibway" along with a new introduction.

She recently gave a well attended talk to the Bayfield Historical Society in Bayfield, Wisconsin about Ojibwe resistance to Christianity on Madeline Island.

"The missionaries were stingy and objected to fishing and hunting on Sunday."


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