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No. 3 MARCH 2003


This document is the Lord's Prayer written in the Wyandot language with an English translation. The document, written by the the Reverend James B. Finley, is part of his collection (Rev. James B. Finley, Local History Collection 72). Rev. Finley, a Methodist Episcopal minister, was appointed to his post at the Wyandot Reservation in Wyandot County, Ohio. He served from 1821 to 1827, and published several accounts of his experience as missionary to the Wyandots, including Life Among the Indians. The document, measuring 13" x 15", was used by Finley to assist in converting the Wyandots to Christianity. In addition to the church, the Wyandot mission contained a farm and a school, where fifty-one children received instruction during Finley's tenure. Assisted by Wyandot leaders, Mononcue and Between-the-Logs, Finley successfully converted many of the Wyandots. However, the federal government forced the Wyandots to leave their Ohio lands. In 1843, they were transported to Kansas.
The Lord's Prayer written in the Wyandot language
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