Cree syllabic hymn book

View this document at University of Alberta: Cree syllabic hymn book

Document Record
Creator Evans, James
Title Cree syllabic hymn book
Identifier P000209
Subject Native Languages--Devotional Literature
Indians of North America--Languages
Langues indiennes d'Amérique--Amérique du Nord
Notes print 23 p.; 22 cm.
Language Cree
Media Text
Contributor University of Alberta
Description This is said to have been the first book printed in Western Canada; 100 copies were made. Evans invented a system of writing for the Cree nation. He made letter moulds from oak, type metal from the lead of bullets and tea-chest linings, and ink from chimney soot. Also published, Norway House, Man., Wesleyan Missionary Society, Rossville Mission Press, 1841 (20p.; bound in elkskin wrapper with a syllabary on front and back covers, with each sign repeated.). Text in Cree syllabics. Also published in facsimile, with English translation by Raymond B. Horsefield, edited by Margaret V. Ray, as <i>Cree syllabic hymn book </i>, Toronto: [Bibliographical Society of Canada], 1954 (23p.). For a listing of the imprints of the Rossville Mission Press <i>see </i>Bruce Peel, "Rossville Mission Press: Press, prints, and translators" in <i>Papers of the Bibliographic Society of Canada </i>, vol.1, 1962, pages 28-43. <i>See also </i>Bruce Peel, "Frustrations of the missionary-printer of Rossville: Reverend William Mason" in <i>Bulletin of the Committee on Archives of the United Church of Canada </i>, no.18, 1965, pages 20-25 and Roger Burford-Mason, <i>Travels in the shining island: The story of James Evans and the invention of the Cree syllabary alphabet </i>, Toronto: Natural Heritage Books, 1996.
Permanent Link