Kanesatake elder translates Bible to Mohawk

By Marisela Amador, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter It took Harvey Satewas Gabriel anywhere from 15 to 17 years to translate the entire Bible from English to Mohawk. “I don’t think anybody just comes along and says, `I’m going to translate the Bible.’ I don’t think that is how it is done,’’ said the elder during a conversation with The Eastern Door on a sunny Wednesday morning from his home in Kanesatake. “I think God will test you like he tested me in 1957. He took me to church to listen to our own John Angus reading Mohawk. And that is where I got and adopted that interest.’’ Gabriel was only 17 when he heard Angus, an ordained minister of the United Church. He was astonished when he heard him translate…

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