Kaya’s Hero – First Martyrs of America & Kateri Tekakwitha

American Girl Historical Doll Kaya – Lesson 3

First Martyrs of America

1. Political and religious situation in Europe in 16th century. Protestant Revolt and Catholic Counterreformation. Jesuit order established by St. Ignatius Loyola. Spanish and French missionaries go to the East and to the West. Spanish, British and French settlements in North America.

2. North American tribes in New France: Huron, Algonquin, Mohawks on the map.

3. First North American martyrs video:

4. Saint Jean de Brébeuf’s fragments of “Instructions to the Fathers of our Society who Shall Be Sent to the Hurons”, underlining dignity of all people, cultural relevancy, kindness and love of Christ toward Hurons.

5. We’ve read and listened to the Huron carol written by Father Brebeuf, and discussed cultural differences in describing Nativity story:

Herbal medicine:

Ginger: peel fresh ginger, slice and simmer in boiling water for about 20 min. Strain, add honey and lemon juice for taste. Use in case of nausea, cold, acid reflux, vomiting, motion sickness (before the journey).

Mint: dried or fresh, pour hot water over the leaves, let it stand for 5 min, covered. Drink for stomach cramps and constipation.

Kateri Tekakwitha

1. Video: 2:25min to 10:23min

2. Kateri’s life timeline

Kaya’s Hero

Sequencing the story game.


1. Read Kaya and Lone Dog and First American Martyrs sheet

2. Follow the instructions to label the map of North America in 1600′. Make sure you are familiar with all labeled objects and you can show them on any geographical map of North America.

3. On your Virtue: Fortitude sheet find all of the synonyms to the vocabulary listed from the second and third sentence.

4. Finish drawing Indian Nativity.

5. Projects. Everyone is encouraged to make a project related to our studies. This is optional and the presentation will take place during our party, three weeks from now (Week 6).

Mediums: clay, foam, painting, story, book report, diorama, song, presentation on a board or computer, game, speech, booklet, poster, clothing, food etc.
Topics: Native American historical figure (Pocahonats, Squanto), historical figure (Columbus, Early Explorers, Mayflower), saints we’ve learned about (St. Jean Brebeuf, St. Isaac Jogues, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha), Native American tribe, Native American story or a song,  anything related to Kaya’s story (Appaloosa horses, every day village life, toys etc)

Additional books to read:

Kateri Tekakwitha: Mohawk Maiden

St. Isaac and the Indians

Father Marquette and the Great Rivers (first white man who traveled down the Mississippi River and back)


Kateri timeline

The Huron carol

First American Martyrs

North America in 1600’s – map instruction

Map from Map Trek US edition


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