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Joy, bitterness over upcoming canonization of first aboriginal saint, Kateri Tekakwitha

Agence France-Presse Jan 20, 2012
By Sebastian Smith

FONDA, New York – Gazing down a frozen New York field, the statue of a Mohawk girl about to become the first North American aboriginal saint exudes calm. Yet the real Kateri Tekakwitha had a brutal existence — and ghosts from her dramatic life still haunt these hills.

The 17th-century figure will make history when the Vatican canonizes her later this year, although the joy among North America’s indigenous tribes will be mixed with some painful historical memories.

No other “Indian”, as the original inhabitants of the United States and Canada are widely, but wrongly, called, has made sainthood. Following centuries of being dispossessed, caricatured, or ignored, aboriginals will soon have the unusual experience of appearing in a positive light.

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