Although this is a more of a geography blog, there is significant cross over between human geography and history (not to mention the changes in the course of history caused by physical geography, but that’s another story).
The Huron Carol has been a part of my Christmas for decades, yet it is only recently, when I started teaching middle years history, that I learned of its origins and the controversy around it.
The December issue of the United Church Observer (at 190 years old, the oldest North American magazine), had this excellent overview of the Huron Carol. There are some excellent debatable question here: Should we continue to sing the carol? – in its familiar modern form OR in its original form as a Wendat carol? OR not at all?
There are also direct connections with the core concepts of historical thinking, specifically historical perspective and continuity and change with, as always, a nod to ethical judgment.
Additional sources about the Huron Carol
- Bruce Cockburn: Iesus Ahatonnia (discussion around this recording and the original lyrics)
- UC Observer (Dec 2018): Six must-hear recordings of the Huron Carol
- UC Observer: (Dec 2018): Huron Carol takes on a whole new meaning with new lyrics
- LessonTutor: The first Canadian Christmas carol (has modern lyrics + original Wendat + a translation of the original Wendat)
Additional sources about historical thinking: