A Closer Look
Enmegahbowh (baptized John Johnson) was born in 1820, the son
of an Ojibway chief in Ontario. He was recruited and educated by
Methodist missionaries and assisted them in their work in Michigan
and Wisconsin. In 1845, he met Episcopal missionary priest Ezekial
Gear at Fort Snelling and switched to Epsicopalianism.
he co-founded the St. Columba Mission at Gull
Lake with James
Lloyd Breck and in 1859 was ordained as a deacon in the Episcopal
At risk to his own life, he played a significant role in warning
whites about collusion between Ojibway Chief Hole-in the-Day
and Sioux leader Little Crow during the U.S.
Dakota War. He became
a good friend of Henry Whipple and founded a church at the White
Earth reservation. He also inspired the negotiation of a lasting
peace between the Ojibway and the Dakota in 1869. He died in
at the age of 82.