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Thistle (1986) Indian-European Trade Relations On-Line Release

Paul C. Thistle, former Curator of The Sam Waller Museum in The Pas; former docent, cataloguer, and term Assistant Curator of Ethnology at the Former Manitoba Museum of Man & Nature now has made his history of early Cree relations with fur trading companies in The Pas, Manitoba and Cumberland House, Saskatchewan region freely available online under a Creative Commons license.

This national, provincial, and academic award-winning book Indian-European Trade Relations in the Lower Saskatchewan River Region to 1840 has been out of print.

 

See this news release as presented in the Association of Manitoba Museums Spring 2015 Newsletter by clicking on the following link

Thistle 1986 Release in AAM Spring 2015 .

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Indian-European Trade Relations in the Lower Saskatchewan River Region to 1840 (Thistle 1986)

This study examines the development of fur trade relations between the European traders working for the Hudson’s Bay Company and the Western Woods Cree of the lower Saskatchewan River region centred on Cumberland House (modern day Saskatchewan) and The Pas (modern day Manitoba). Beginning with the initial contact in the mid-seventeenth century, the study ends in 1840 when the arrival of missionary Henry Budd brought the exclusive fur trade contact period to a close.

Drawing on the records held in the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives and the available ethnographic studies on the Western Woods Cree as well as relevant social science data and theory, author Paul C. Thistle refutes the widespread interpretation by both liberal and Marxist historians that Europeans rapidly dominated the early fur trade.

This Canadian national, provincial, and academic award-winning book has been cited by the Canadian Historical Association as “a careful analysis. . .an exemplary ethnohistorical study which reflects a deep understanding of both the peoples and geography of the region. . .a persuasively argued study that should serve as a model for others.” The 1987 Margaret McWilliams Medal for Scholarly Book by the Manitoba Historical Society, stated this work “demonstrated a mastery of the literature.”

The entire book may be read by clicking Thistle Indian-European Trade Relations 1986 .

Creative Commons Licence
Indian-European Trade Relations in the Lower Saskatchewan River Region to 1840. Manitoba Studies in Native History II by Paul C. Thistle is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.