Baraga Homestead



Baragova rojstna hiša

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The Baraga Homestead is a birthplace of Friderik Irenej Baraga (1797–1868), a bishop, missionary, and linguist. The two rooms in his manor in Mala vas, a village near Trebnje in the Dolenjska region, display his personal belongings and documentation of his missionary activities among the native peoples of North America. The collection is managed by the Archbishop’s Ordinariate in Ljubljana. Part of Baraga’s collection, however, is on display at the Slovene Ethnographic Museum and represents the oldest non-European contribution to the museum (donated by the missionary himself in 1837). A part of his collection, however, is kept also by the Slovene Museum of Christianity.

Friderik Irenej Baraga

Baraga worked among the fur-traders and the Ottawa and, later, Ojibwe Indians from 1831 till his death and wrote a catechism in Ojibwe language as well as guide to its grammar and a dictionary (still in use today). His letters about his missionary work were published widely in Europe, and his book (written in German) History, Character, Customs and Manners of the North American Indians was important in presenting the Native American society to European readers.

Furthermore, he also worked to protect the Indians from being forced to relocate. A county and a town in the state of Michigan (USA) have been named after the bishop.