This was the great Feast of the Dead. Witnesses to these Wendat burial rituals were European colonists, French Jesuit missionaries in particular. Rather than being horrified by these unfamiliar native practices, Europeans recognized the parallels between them and their own understanding of death and human remains. Both groups believed that deceased souls traveled to the afterlife; both believed that elaborate mortuary rituals ensured the safe transit of the soul to the supernatural realm; and both believed in the power of human bones.
Appreciating each other's funerary practices allowed the Wendats and French colonists to find common ground where there seemingly would be none.
Erik R. Seeman analyzes these encounters, using the Feast of the Dead as a metaphor for broader Indian-European relations in North America. His compelling narrative gives undergraduate students of early America and the Atlantic World a revealing glimpse into this fascinating--and surprising--meeting of cultures. Here at Walmart.
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The Huron celebrated every years a great communal feast, to which several villages in the neighborhood participated. The bodies of individuals who died in the interval between one feast and the other were exhumed and reburied in a common bone pit.
The feast lasted for ten days and most of this time was spent preparing the bodies for their collective burial. Each family celebrated a feast in honor of its own dead, during which many gifts were put on display, offered to the dead, and later distributed by the relatives of the deceased to friends and relatives. On the last day of the feast, at sunrise, the bones and corpses, wrapped in beaver furs, were deposited in the pit, with grave goods, while the assistants accompanied the action with group lamenting and songs. This place has been identified and excavated by the archaeologists of the Royal Ontario Museum in and The excavations have revealed the presence of more than individuals, buried in the communal pit, with many grave objects, mainly beads, some pipes, but also rings given by the Jesuits, as a witness that the Huron, though converted to Christianity, continued to practice the feast Seeman The last Feast for the Dead was celebrated probably in , at Mackinac.
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The ravages produced by the epidemics introduced by the Europeans and by the Iroquois wars, which were accentuated by the colonial powers, led rapidly to the disappearance of many aspects of Huron culture. A Feast of the Dead Ohgiwe is still practiced by the Iroquois, one or two times every year, as a celebration addressed to the dead of the whole community. The ceremony is organized by a special society of women, presided by two head women belonging to the two matrilinear moieties into which the community is subdivided.
The ceremony includes thanksgiving addresses to the dead, tobacco offerings, songs and dances, distribution of food, cloth and candy.