This video presents exerpts from the letters and diaries of Jesuit missionaries in Canada during the early 17th century. The Jesuit conversion program focused on teaching the Natives the importance and sanctity of hierarchy, womens subjugation and the corporeal punishment of children, to put each other in prison and publicly persecute each other. I made this movie to illustrate an example of how hierarchy, oppression and abuse is NOT a natural state in human beings, but rather a result of what we have been taught, and that these teachings historically have been carefully planned and organized by powerful institutions.
The photos of indigenous people are random and obviously younger than the texts presented here. However, the drawings and prints of Jesuit missionaries in Canada certainly illustrate and derive from the time we are referring to here.