A Fur Trader on the Upper Missouri: The Journal and Description of Jean-Baptiste Truteau, 1794-1796 by Jean-Baptiste TruteauA Fur Trader on the Upper Missouri: The Journal and Description of Jean-Baptiste Truteau, 1794-1796 by Jean-Baptiste Truteau

A Fur Trader on the Upper Missouri: The Journal and Description of Jean-Baptiste Truteau, 1794-1796

byJean-Baptiste TruteauEditorRaymond J. DeMallie, Douglas R. Parks

Hardcover | August 1, 2017

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A Fur Trader on the Upper Missouri offers the first annotated scholarly edition of Jean-Baptiste Truteau's journal of his voyage on the Missouri River in the central and northern Plains from 1794 to 1796 and of his description of the upper Missouri. This fully modern and magisterial edition of this essential journal surpasses all previous editions in assisting scholars and general readers in understanding Truteau's travels and encounters with the numerous Native peoples of the region, including the Arikaras, Cheyennes, Lakotas-Dakotas-Nakotas, Omahas, and Pawnees. Truteau's writings constitute the very foundation to our understanding of the late eighteenth-century fur trade in the region immediately preceding the expedition of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson in 1803.


An unparalleled primary source for its descriptions of Native American tribal customs, beliefs, rituals, material culture, and physical appearances, A Fur Trader on the Upper Missouri will be a classic among scholars, students, and general readers alike.


Along with this new translation by Mildred Mott Wedel, Raymond J. DeMallie, and Robert Vézina, which includes facing French-English pages, the editors shed new light on Truteau's description of the upper Missouri and acknowledge his journal as the foremost account of Native peoples and the fur trade during the eighteenth century. Vézina's essay on the language used and his glossary of voyageur French also provide unique insight into the language of an educated French Canadian fur trader.
 

Jean-Baptiste Truteau (1748-1827) was an explorer, trapper, fur trader, surveyor, and Canadian French teacher. Raymond J. DeMallie is Chancellors' Professor of Anthropology, co-director of the American Indian Studies Research Institute, and curator of North American Ethnology at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures at Indiana Universit...
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Title:A Fur Trader on the Upper Missouri: The Journal and Description of Jean-Baptiste Truteau, 1794-1796Format:HardcoverDimensions:728 pages, 10.25 × 7.26 × 1.75 inPublished:August 1, 2017Publisher:UNP - NebraskaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803244274

ISBN - 13:9780803244276

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Table of Contents

 
List of Illustrations    
Explanation of Editorial Method    
Acknowledgments    
Introduction   Douglas R. Parks
Extract from the Journals of the Voyage of Jean-Baptiste Truteau on the Upper Missouri
From St. Louis to the Arikara Villages, June 7, 1794-May 14, 1795    
At the Arikara Villages, May 24-July 20, 1795    
From the Arikara Villages to St. Louis, July 22, 1795-June 4, 1796    
Abridged Description of the Upper Missouri        
First Notebook    
Second Notebook    
Third Notebook    
Instructions Given to Truteau by the Company of the Upper Missouri    
Account of the Indian Trade    Jacques Clamorgan
Appendix 1: The Language of Truteau   Robert Vézina
Appendix 2: A Glossary of Voyageur French    Robert Vézina
Notes    
Bibliography    
Index

Editorial Reviews

"A major and unique contribution to the fields of anthropology, ethnohistory, history, linguistics, and travel literature. This is the first and only complete, reliable, and thoroughly researched edition of Truteau's writings."-Denys Delâge, professor emeritus in the department of sociology at Laval University in Québec and author of Bitter Feast: Amerindians and Europeans in Northeastern North America, 1600-64   - Denys Delâge - 20160910