Indians in the Fur Trade: Their Roles as Trappers, Hunters, and Middlemen in the Lands Southwest of Hudson Bay, 1660-1870 by Arthur Ray

Indians in the Fur Trade: Their Roles as Trappers, Hunters, and Middlemen in the Lands Southwest of…

byArthur Ray

Paperback | March 28, 1998

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First published in 1974, this best-selling book was lauded by Choice as 'an important, ground-breaking study of the Assiniboine and western Cree Indians who inhabited southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan' and 'essential reading for anyone interested in the history of the Canadian west before 1870.'

Indians in the Fur Trade makes extensive use of previously unpublished Hudson's Bay Company archival materials and other available data to reconstruct the cultural geography of the West at the time of early contact, illustrating many of the rapid cultural transformations with maps and diagrams. Now with a new introduction and an update on sources, it will continue to be of great use to students and scholars of Native and Canadian history.

About The Author

Arthur J. Ray is a professor in the Department of History at the University of British Columbia, and author of Indians in the Fur Trade and I Have Lived Here Since the World Began: An Illustrated History of Canada's Native People .

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Title:Indians in the Fur Trade: Their Roles as Trappers, Hunters, and Middlemen in the Lands Southwest of…Format:PaperbackDimensions:284 pages, 8.99 × 5.96 × 0.8 inPublished:March 28, 1998Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0802079806

ISBN - 13:9780802079800

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The Assiniboine and western Cree Indians of the southern prairies were active in the fur trade for more than two centuries. Indians in the Fur Trade examines their work as hunters, trappers and middlemen from 1660 to 1870. Using maps, diagrams, Hudson's Bay Company and other archival materials, Arthur Ray reconstructs the cultural geography of the west and illustrates the rapid cultural transformations native people underwent.

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'One of the most significant contributions that this work makes to the literature of the fur trade is a clear and factual delineation of the relationships between the traders and the Indians. The reader becomes acutely aware of the fact that they were primarily peaceful relationships based upon interdependence and cooperation of both parties.'