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Holidays are here 5 : The Huron Carol

line Holidays are here 5 : The Huron Carol

In a polarized American cultural present screaming for homogeniety and comfort for whomever the speaker is… there’s something comforting in a Canadian folk carol written by a Jesuit to a French folk song in the native language of the Huron tribe he was living among.

I’m not so naive as to think that there was not cultural oppression going on, or that there’s some fast and loose cultural appropriation in the lyric itself… but there’s a kindness in it that appeals to me. There’s a gentleness in the way Jean de Brébeuf is extending his belief in the deity of Christ and the hope of salvation in a way he believes the Huron will understand that warms my heart.


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