Peter Jones, or Kahkewaquonaby (Sacred Feathers), Methodist minister, chief, translator (b at Burlington Heights [Hamilton], UC 1 Jan 1802; d at Brantford, Canada W 29 June 1856). Son of a white surveyor and a Mississauga (Ojibwa) woman, he became the first native Methodist missionary to the OJIBWA
after his conversion to Christianity in 1823. With his brother John, he prepared the earliest translations of the Bible from English into Ojibwa. Elected chief of 2 Ojibwa bands, he argued articulately for Indian land rights. His Life and Journals
(1860) and History of the Ojebway Indians
(1861) were published posthumously.
Sacred Feathers was photographed in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1845, believed to be the first photographic study of a Canadian aboriginal (courtesy National Galleries of Scotland).
DONALD B. SMITH