English-Cheyenne Dictionary goes home


by Annette Brill Bergstresser for Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) and available here

(l. to r.) Dr. Richard Littlebear, Rev. Susan Hart, Elder Wilma Redbird and Karl Stutzman, AMBS Director of Library Services, look at the English-Cheyenne Dictionary and Cheyenne Reading Books following the Oct. 3 transfer ceremony at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. (Credit: Abenezer Dejene)

ELKHART, Indiana (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary) — A rare copy of the 1,126-page English-Cheyenne Dictionary, published in 1915 by General Conference Mennonite missionary Dr. Rodolphe Petter, has been returned to the Southern Cheyenne Mennonite community where it originated.

In a special transfer ceremony on Oct. 3, 2023, in the Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, Indiana, seminary leaders returned the dictionary and two copies of Zistxuistō, a rare Cheyenne Reading Book published by Petter in 1895, to Rev. Susan Hart, pastor of Koinonia Indian Mennonite Church in Clinton, Oklahoma. 

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