"Educating" (i.e. converting) the natives

>The earliest extant representative of a class of primers that were printed in Massachusetts in the seventeenth century to aid in the conversion and education of Native Americans is The Indian primer (1669), by John Eliot (1604-1690), which survives in only two copies—one is held by the American Antiquarian Society, and the other by the University of Edinburgh. For a nice sketch of Eliot’s life and career see

Shown here is a reprint (1877) of the original, held in the Rhode Island Collection, open to the Lord’s Prayer translated into the language of the Massachusetts Indians.

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