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…from the Canadian Encyclopedia

Henry, George

George Henry, or Maungwudaus, meaning “the great hero,” or “courageous,” Mississauga (Ojibwa) interpreter, Methodist mission worker, performer (b on the NW shore of Lk Ontario c 1807; d after 1851). Educated in Methodist mission schools, George Henry seemed designed for a role in the church as interpreter and translator. A more exciting career, however, attracted him. In 1844 he organized an Indian troupe which toured Britain and the continent from 1845-48, putting on Indian dances and exhibitions. After his return from Europe Maungwudaus performed for several years in Canada and the US, and later became a well-known Indian herbalist. He wrote a pamphlet, An Account of the Chippewa Indians, who have been travelling among the Whites, in the United States, England, Ireland, Scotland, France and Belgium (1848), excerpts from which are found in P. Petrone, First People, First Voices (1983).  … from http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/george-henry/

THE EXTRAORDINARY MAUNGWUDAUS: a forgotten Waterloo Region Native Son, a joint illustrated presentation by Donald Smith and Allan Sherwin at the  Waterloo Region Museum

Don Smith, a professor emeritus of history at the University of Calgary, tells the life stories of eight Mississauga (Ojibwe) on the north shore of Lake Ontario in his new book, Mississauga Portraits. Ojibwe Voices from Nineteenth-Century Canada.

One of the most exciting is the “portrait” of Maungwudaus. Born and raised in what is the Waterloo-Kitchener-Cambridge area Maungwudaus’s family had its hunting territory around present-day Cambridge. His father had fought beside General Brock and Tecumseh in the War of 1812. In the late 1820s the young Mississauga (Ojibwe) became a Methodist (now United Church) teacher, interpreter and preacher, but later finding Methodism too restricting, he broke away. He organized a “Wild West” show, and left with his family for Britain, France, and eastern North America in a “Wild West Show.” In the mid-and late 1840s he and his troupe achieved great success. In London he was invited to the home of the Duke of Wellington, the victor at the Battle of Waterloo from which the Waterloo Region obtained its name. In Paris he performed before the Louis Philippe, the King of France. In Washington, D.C., he received a medal from President Zachary Taylor.
The cover of MISSISSAUGA PORTRAITS reproduces a painting of the celebrated Maungwudaus, completed in Toronto by the famous Canadian artist Paul Kane around 1851. From the late 1850s to the mid-1870s Maungwudaus transformed himself again, this time into a successful travelling herbalist in northern New York State.


George Henry (Maun-gwu-daus) Ojibwe 1807-1851

George Henry was an Ojibwa interpreter, performer, and Methodist missionary worker. In 1844 he organized an Indian dance troupe which toured from 1845-48. After he returned from Europe, he performed for several years in Canada and the US, and later became a well-known Indian herbalist. George Henry died sometime after 1851.

 ….from ipl2 Special Collections   http://www.ipl.org/div/natam/bin/browse.pl/A735

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