The Huron Carol: a look at historical perspective and continuity & change

Although this is a more of a geography blog, there is significant cross over between human geography and history (not to mention the changes in the course of history caused by physical geography, but that’s another story).

The Huron Carol has been a part of my Christmas for decades, yet it is only recently, when I started teaching middle years history, that I learned of its origins and the controversy around it.

The December issue of the United Church Observer (at 190 years old, the oldest North American magazine), had this excellent overview of the Huron Carol. There are some excellent debatable question here: Should we continue to sing the carol? – in its familiar modern form OR in its original form as a Wendat carol? OR not at all?

There are also direct connections with the core concepts of historical thinking, specifically historical perspective and continuity and change with, as always, a nod to ethical judgment.

UC Observer: The complex history of the Huron Carol, by Will Pearson

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Birth tourism – an aspect of tourism we don’t often consider

A NY Times article on birth tourism in Canada – where it’s legal. A good debatable question, too. Should it be?

‘Birth Tourism’ is legal in Canada. A lawmaker calls it unscrupulous.

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