New Faces of the Fur Trade: Selected Papers of the Seventh North American Fur Trade Conference, Halifax, N. S., 1995

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New Faces of the Fur Trade is a collection of fifteen essays selected from the Seventh North American Fur Trade Conference held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1995. These articles question the traditional focus of fur trade literature and suggest that there are richer, more diverse narratives to be constructed and new ways to look at the fur trade. Many focus on subjects and themes that either have been formerly overlooked or have been introduced and then neglected. Fur trade studies have been criticized for ...

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Overview

New Faces of the Fur Trade is a collection of fifteen essays selected from the Seventh North American Fur Trade Conference held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1995. These articles question the traditional focus of fur trade literature and suggest that there are richer, more diverse narratives to be constructed and new ways to look at the fur trade. Many focus on subjects and themes that either have been formerly overlooked or have been introduced and then neglected. Fur trade studies have been criticized for remaining outside the current mainstream of historiography, in particular for paying scant attention to the rich insights to be found in approaches adopted from the fields of social and gender history. This volume redresses some of those omissions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870134340
  • Publisher: Michigan State University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Pages: 358
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jo-Anne Fiske is Associate Professor of Women's Studies at University of Northern British Columbia.

Susan Sleeper-Smith is Associate Professor of History at Michigan State University, She received a 2002-2003 research fellowship at the Newberry Library in Chicago, and has written extensively on the fur trade and women in the fur trade, in both journal and book form.

William Wicken is Assistant Professor of History at York University in Toronto.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Hard Times and Everything Like That: Carrier Women's Tales of Life on the Trapline 13
Festivities, Fortitude, and Fraternalism: Fur Trade Masculinity and the Beaver Club, 1785-1827 31
Furs and Female Kin Networks: The World of Marie Madeleine Reaume L'archeveque Chevalier 53
Symbolic and Material Exchange in Intercultural Diplomacy: The French and the Haudenosaunee in the Early Eighteenth Century 75
Fur Trade History, Native History, Public History: Communication and Miscommunication 101
Whitemen Servants of Greed: Foreigners, Indians, and Canada's Northwest Game Act of 1917 121
After the Buffalo: The Reformation of the Turtle Mountain Metis Community, 1879-1905 139
Ojibwa Leadership during the Fur Trade Era at Sault Ste. Marie 153
Balancing the Books: Trader Profits in the British Lake Superior Fur Trade 175
The Eighteenth-Century Anglo-Indian Trade in Southeastern North America 193
Public versus Private Ownership: Saskatchewan Fur Trapping and Trading Legislation in the 1940s 223
Ambition versus Loyalty: Miles Macdonell and the Decline of the North West Company 247
The "Dried Spider" and the Gadfly: The James Keith-John Clarke Confrontation at Mingan, 1831-32 283
The Search for Silver: Johan Beetz and the Birth of the Fox-Breeding Industry 315
Halifax as a Cradle of the Post-Conquest Fur Trade in Canada 331
Contributors 347
Index 351
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