Through various writings sent from New France, including correspondence with families and friends, an image of the "savage" developed. It stirred the European imagination and appeared in their literature and art. Although evangelization was only partially successful in New France, the clergy was appreciative of Aboriginal culture. They often provided excellent accounts. Describing the way the Aboriginal people cared for their appearance, Mère Sainte-Hélène emphasized "that they take just as long in making themselves ready as do the most curious coquettes in getting dressed."

Letter from a Nun
Letter to a friend, from Mère Marie-Andrée Regnard Duplessis de Sainte-Hélène, a nun from the Hôtel-Dieu in Québec, October 17, 1723