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1 THISTLE, Paul C. Indian-European Trade Relations in the Lower Saskatchewan River Region to 1840.
University of Manitoba Press, Winnipeg, 1986, ISBN:088755105X 1986 088755105X / 9780887551055 
THISTLE, Paul C. Indian-European Trade Relations in the Lower Saskatchewan River Region to 1840. (Winnipeg) : The University of Manitoba Press, (1986). First Edition. Pp [i]-xii,[1]-136,(4). Frontispiece. Maps. Index. 8vo, black cloth, copper lettering to spine.

Manitoba Studies in Native History II.

“This study examines the development of trade relations between Hudson's Bay Company traders and the Cree of the lower Saskatchewan River region of Cumberland House and The Pas. It begins with the initial contact between Indian and European in the mid-seventeenth century, and it ends in 1840 with the arrival of the first native lay preacher to The Pas, which brought to a close the period ofexclusive fur-trade contact.

Drawing on records from the Hudson's Bay Comp any Archives and on available ethnographic studies of the Western Woods Cree, Paul C. Thistle refutes the idea of rapid European domination of the furtrade. Throughout the nearly 200 years covered by the study, the Cree cont inued to impose their own strategic, logistic, social, political and economic conditions on the relationship. Far from being completely dependent on the fur trade, the Cree consistently showed that they were able to withdraw from the trade to follow their own priorities. In adapting to changes in their environment, the Cree can be seen to have followed a traditional strategy based on the principle of "least effort'' and a philosophy referred to as the' “Zen road to affluence.'' - from the dj.

Contents :
1. Early contact: 1611-1773.
2. Analysis of early contact.
3. Relations in the competitive fur trade era: 1774-1820.
4. Relations under monopoly: 1821-1840.

Penned name on flyleaf, else very good in dustjacket. 32.50

Price: 32.50 CDN
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