A Collection of Psalms and Hymns

A Collection of Psalms and Hymns
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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns in the Language of the Cree Indians of North-West America

By John Horden. Toronto: General Board of Religious Education, 1949.

Cree, an Algongian language with nine dialects, is the most widely spoken aboriginal language across Canada. It is a written language using traditional syllabics, which is the text in this 1949 hymnal, which also includes a useful syllabarium. Based on shorthand, the Cree syllabic system was constructed in the mid-1800s by a Canadian Methodist missionary. Each symbol represents a consonant that can be ‘written’ four ways by directional placement. Psalms and Hymns compiler, Rev. John Horden, was a gifted linguist who spoke English and Cree, in addition to Ojibwa, Inuktitut, Chipewyan, and Norwegian. He devoted more than 40 years to evangelism in Canada. First published in 1874, this copy was one of 5000 published 1949.

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