Pawnee Missionaries

The Pawnee came under the influence of the missionary frontier after 1833. The Reverend John Dunbar and Samuel Allis served as mis- sionaries to the Pawnee from 1834 to 1846. Their intentions, explicitly stated to the Pawnee in 1834 were “to tell them about God to teach them our religion and to learn their children to talk on paper like the white man does.” . . .

Stereotypically, they praised the Pawnee for their generosity and no- bility, while at the same time condemning them as savages: “they are a kindhearted liberal people,” wrote Dunbar, “but they are heathen, darkminded heathen.”