Birch Bark Talking / A Resumé of the Life and Work of the Rev. James Evans. - Booklet. - 1940.

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Database ID24658
InstitutionUniversity of Saskatchewan Libraries Special Collections
Fonds/CollectionCanadiana Pamphlets Collection
File/Item ReferenceXXXII-170-BirchBark (36a)
Date of creation1940
Physical description/extent1 booklet; 32 pages of textual records
Number of images32
Historical noteJames Evans (1801-1846) was born in Kingston-upon-Hull in England, but emigrated with his parents to Lower Canada in 1820, where he worked as a teacher. He later moved to Rice Lake and continued his teaching work. In 1833 he was ordained as a Wesleyan (Methodist) minister, and in 1840 he was given authority over the local district in Norway House in Manitoba. It was during this time that Evans did his greatest work-the development of the Ojibwe and Cree syllabaries. Evans had a flair for languages and had picked up Ojibwe during his work among the people in Upper Canada. He created the Ojibwe syllabary after first trying to apply a Roman script to their language. Later, he modified the syllabary slightly and applied it to Cree, a related language. Both syllabaries are based on Pitman Shorthand.
Scope and contentBooklet on the life of Rev. James Evans, a Wesleyan / Methodist missionary who initially translated Bible passages and psalms into Ojibway, and later created writing systems for several Aboriginal languages, including Ojibwe, Cree, and indirectly Inuktitut.
ContributerThe Board of Home Missions (author)
Copyright holderPublic domain
Copyright expiry datePublic domain
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Primary MediaTextual documents
Specific document typesPamphlets
Provenance Access PointUniversity of Saskatchewan Library. Canadiana Pamphlets Collection
PlaceNorway House, Manitoba, Canada
Treaty boundariesUpper Canada
Cultural regionNortheast
NamesEvans, Rev. James
James Evans Centenary Committee
Ojibway Indians
The Board of Home Missions
United Church of Canada
SubjectEarly European Settlers
Fur Trade
Hudson's Bay Company
Religion -- Christianity
Schools -- Residential
Surveys and Studies
Languages and Linguistics
Date Range(s)1820-1839
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