ROBINSON, Michael P.
Title: Sea Otter Chiefs. Signed.
Publisher:  Bayeux Arts, Calgary, 1996, ISBN:1896209181
Seller ID: 108190
ROBINSON, Michael P. Sea Otter Chiefs. Calgary : Bayeux Arts, 1996. Pp (1),2-94, (2). Illustrated. Oblong 8vo, black cloth with gilt spine titles. "F rom the late 1700s to the mid-nineteenth century, three magnificent regional Indian chiefs controlled most of the sea otter trade on the northwest coast of North America. Cuneah, Maquinna and Legaik of the Haida, Nuu-cha-nulth and Tsimshian First Nations respectively, were the first aboriginal entrepreneurs to deal directly in large trading ventures with the British, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and American interests who came to what is now thecoast of British Columbia, Canada. Sea Otter Chiefs tells their individual stories in an engaging style that sketches complete personalities from shi ps' journals, traders' notes, and narratives of community members. We discover in this process the rise of regional chiefdoms to proto-statedom, theirchiefs' strategies for monopolizing trade, and their collective fluency in Europeran languages and customs." -- from dust jacket. Very good in dust j acket, signed with inscription by author on half-title. 25.00