Category Archives: Fur Trade Material History

Other Indigenous Studies Publications by Paul C. Thistle

The following links provide on-line access to other indigenous studies publications by author of Indian-European Trade Relations in the Lower Saskatchewan River Region to 1840, Paul C. Thistle.

Featured image above is “Canadian Indians Spearing Beaver,1830-1834” attributed to Peter Rindisbacher, State Historical Society of Wisconsin, from Carolyn Gilman, Where Two Worlds Meet: The Great Lakes Fur Trade, 1982, pp. 22 & 71.

Other Fur Trade Relations Publications:

2010    Exhibit Review: Profit & Ambition: The Canadian Fur Trade, 1779-1821.  The Rupert’s Land Newsletter Nos.28-29:12-14. at PDF p. 12.

1995    Book Reviews: Given, Brian J. A Most Pernicious Thing: Gun Trading and Native Warfare in the Early Contact Period. The Canadian Journal of Native Studies 15(1):172-3 at PDF p. 10 (172-3).

1991    Book Reviews: Russell, Dale R.: Eighteenth-Century Western Woods Cree and Their Neighbours. The Canadian Journal of Native Studies 11(1):181-3. at PDF p. 27 (181-3).

1988   Book Review: Emporium of the North: Fort Chipewyan and the Fur Trade to 1835 by James Parker. Prairie Forum 13(2):264-6 .

Other Indigenous Studies Publication Subjects:

2012    Book Reviews: Playing Ourselves: Interpreting Native Histories at Historic Reconstructions by Laura PeersMaterial Culture: The Journal of the Pioneer America Society 44(2):78-81 [excerpt available at .

1996    Book Reviews: Cole, Douglas. Captured Heritage: The Scramble for Northwest Coast Artifacts. Reprint Edition. . . The Canadian Journal of Native Studies 16(2):371-2. at PDF p. 9 (371-2).

1994    Book Reviews: Reeves, Brian O.K. & Kennedy, Margaret A. (Editors). Kunaitupii: Coming Together on Native Sacred Sites… The Canadian Journal of Native Studies 14(2):425-7. at PDF p. 31 (425-7).

1993     Book Reviews: Berlo, Janet. The Early Years of Native American Art History: The Politics of Scholarship and Collecting. The Canadian Journal of Native Studies 13(2):333-5. at PDF p. 7 (333-5).

1992    Book Reviews: Burnham, Dorothy K.: To Please the Caribou: Painted Caribou-Skin Coats Worn by the Naskapi, Montagnais, and Cree Hunters of the Quebec-Labrador Peninsula. The Canadian Journal of Native Studies 12(1):153-5. PDF at p. 7 (153-5).

1984   Exhibit Review: Metis, Glenbow Museum. The Canadian Journal of Native Studies 4(2):367-72. or .


Rare HBC Gift Item to First Nations Leaders

A rare gold plated pendant given to First Nations trade leaders is featured on the Canadian Museum of History web site article Symbol of Change.

The piece is significant because “most trade jewelry given to Aboriginal people was made of silver, not gold plate. Second, it is a rare example of gold work from well-known Montréal silversmith Charles Arnoldi (1779–1817).”

Beyond this, it represents the need for the HBC to solidify close ties with  First Nations trade leaders to combat competition:

The pendant would have been perceived by many as a sign of equality between traders and Aboriginal people in the Western regions. “Aboriginal people tended not to trade unless they had some kind of bond with the traders,” says Timothy P. Foran, Curator of British North America at the Museum. “For the most part, they engaged in trade on their own terms and European newcomers had to respect Aboriginal customs. . . “

Although apparently incorrectly described by the CMH as “engraved” rather than embossed, the pendant presents additional material evidence supporting the interpretation of Paul C. Thistle’s Indian-European Trade Relations in the Lower Saskatchewan River Region to 1840.

An inquiry about this artifact obtained full curatorial descriptive information.  Courtesy of the Canadian Museum of History, see the PDF of this detailed record at CMH Pendant Data FM Paul Thistle.

HBC gold plated pendant gifted to First Nation trade leader. Canadian Museum of History mch2_09_2015.png

Oval gold-plated lead pendant, 10 cm x 7.5 cm, struck 1800–1815, & gifted to First Nation trade leaders. Canadian Museum of History mch2_09_2015.png