2 Photos: A Very Young Leonard Cohen & His Sister Esther Visit Kahnawake – Once Home To Kateri Tekakwitha

Was This Leonard Cohen’s First Contact With Kateri Tekakwitha?

Kateri Tekakwitha (1656 – April 17, 1680), the Algonquin–Mohawk woman featured in Leonard Cohen’s 1966 novel, “Beautiful Losers” and canonized as a saint in 2012, moved to the Jesuit mission village of Kahnawake, south of Montreal, after she converted to Roman Catholicism at age nineteen and lived there the last five years of her life.

Leonard Cohen was fascinated with her story, In addition to her role in “Beautiful Losers,” she also appeared in his Montreal home.

Thanks to Maarten Massa for access to these images

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Feb 12, 2017.

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