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Collection 599 Ephemera of the "Auca" Incident

Identifier: CN-599

Scope and Contents

Audio tapes, comic book, film, filmstrips, oversize materials, phonograph records, postage stamps, and video tapes documenting the martyrdom of five American missionaries in Ecuador by the Huaorani Indians in 1956.

Documents describe the deaths of the missionary, the response by Protestant evangelical Christians in the United States, and later missionary work with the Indians by Rachel Saint and Elisabath Elliot.


  • Created: 1956-1993, undated

Conditions Governing Access

Video tape V1 may not be copied.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Huaorani Indians were a small, isolated stone age tribe living in the jungles of eastern Ecuador. They were noted for their violence against their own people and outsiders who ventured into their territory. After the deaths of the five missionaries and contact with missionaries Rachel Saint and Elisabeth Elliot many became Christians and gave up their hostilities.


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