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Rethinking the fur trade : cultures of exchange in an Atlantic world /
edited by Susan Sleeper-Smith.
imprint
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2009.
description
lxii, 638 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0803243294 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780803243293 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2009.
isbn
0803243294 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780803243293 (pbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
Of the mission of Saint Francois Xavier on the "Bay of Stinkards," or rather "Of stinking waters" / Father Allouez -- On the hunting of the Gaspesians / Father Chrestien LeClercq -- The hunting of moose, of bears, of beavers, of lynxes, and other animals according to their seasons / Father Chrestien LeClercq -- Tarrentines and the introduction of European trade goods in the Gulf of Maine / Bruce J. Bourque and Ruth Holmes Whitehead -- The Anishinabeg point of view : the history of the Great Lakes Region to 1800 in nineteenth-century Mississauga, Odawa, and Obijwa historiography / D. Peter MacLeod -- Fur trade literature from a tribal point of view : a critique / Donald F. Bibeau -- Agriculture and the fur trade / D.W. Moodie -- "Give us a little milk" : the social and cultural significance of gift giving in the Lake Superior fur trade / Bruce M. White -- "Starving" and survival in the SubArtic fur trade : a case for contextual semantics / Mary Black-Rogers -- The growth and economic significance of the American fur trade, 1790-1890 / James L. Clayton -- "Red" labor : Iroquois participation in the Atlantic Economy / Gail D. MacLeitch -- The fur trade and eighteenth-century imperialism / W.J. Eccles -- The middle ground / Richard White -- Creative misunderstandings and new understandings / Richard White -- Indians as consumers in the eighteenth century / Arthur J. Ray -- Dressing for success on the Mohawk frontier : Hendrick, William Johnson, and the Indian fashion / Timothy J. Shannon -- The flow of European trade goods into the Western Great Lakes region, 1715-1760 / Dean L. Anderson -- The matchcoat / Gail DeBuse Potter -- Chiefs coats supplied by the American Fur Company / Allen Chronister -- The myth of the silk hat and the end of the rendezvous / James A. Hanson -- Women, kin, and Catholicism : new perspectives on the fur trade / Susan Sleeper-Smith -- "The custom of the country" : an examination of fur trade marriage practices / Sylvia Van Kirk -- Woman as centre and symbol in the emergence of Metis communities / Jennifer S.H. Brown -- Prelude to Red River : a social portrait of the Great Lakes Métis / Jacqueline Peterson -- The Glaize in 1792 : a composite Indian community / Helen Hornbeck Tanner -- Festivities, fortitude, and fraternalism : fur trade masculinity and the Beaver Club, 1785-1827 / Carolyn Podruchny.
catalogue key
8243868
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Susan Sleeper-Smith, professor of history at Michigan State University, is the author of Indian Women and French Men: Rethinking Cultural Encounter in the Western Great Lakes and the editor of Contesting Knowledge: Museums and Indigenous Perspectives (Nebraska 2009).
Reviews
Review Quotes
" Rethinking the Fur Trade is an invaluable book."Claiborne A. Skinner, Annals of Iowa
" Rethinking the Fur Trade is a welcome and valuable addition. . . . It succeeds in giving multiple perspectives on the cultures of exchange and the fur trade for a wide audience."Chris Johnson, North Dakota History
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Lucrative, far-reaching, and complex, the fur trade bound together Europeans and Native peoples of North America in the 17th and 18th centuries. This book offers a nuanced look at the broad range of contracts that characterized the fur trade, a phenomenon that has often been oversimplified and misrepresented.
Main Description
Lucrative, far-reaching, and complex, the fur trade bound together Europeans and Native peoples of North America in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Rethinking the Fur Trade offers a nuanced look at the broad range of contracts that characterized the fur trade, a phenomenon that has often been oversimplified and misrepresented. These essays show how the role of Native Americans was far more instrumental in the conduct and outcome of the fur trade than previously suggested. Rethinking the Fur Trade exposes what has been called the "invisible hand of indigenous commerce," revealing how it changed European interaction with Indians, influenced what was produced to serve the interests of Indian customers, and led to important cultural innovations. The initial essays explain the working mechanisms of the fur trade and explore how and why it evolved in a North Atlantic context. The second section examines indigenous perspectives through primary-source writings from the period and considers newly evolving indigenous perspectives about the fur trade. The final sections analyze the social history of the fur trade, the profound effect of the cloth trade on Indian dress and culture, and the significance of gender, kinship, and community in the workings of economic exchange.
Main Description
Lucrative, far-reaching, and complex, the fur trade bound together Europeans and Native peoples of North America in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.Rethinking the Fur Tradeoffers a nuanced look at the broad range of contracts that characterized the fur trade, a phenomenon that has often been oversimplified and misrepresented. These essays show how the role of Native Americans was far more instrumental in the conduct and outcome of the fur trade than previously suggested. Rethinking the Fur Tradeexposes what has been called the "invisible hand of indigenous commerce," revealing how it changed European interaction with Indians, influenced what was produced to serve the interests of Indian customers, and led to important cultural innovations. The initial essays explain the working mechanisms of the fur trade and explore how and why it evolved in a North Atlantic context. The second section examines indigenous perspectives through primary-source writings from the period and considers newly evolving indigenous perspectives about the fur trade. The final sections analyze the social history of the fur trade, the profound effect of the cloth trade on Indian dress and culture, and the significance of gender, kinship, and community in the workings of economic exchange.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. viii
List of Tablesp. ix
Source Acknowledgmentsp. xi
New Perspectives
Cultures of Exchange in a North Atlantic Worldp. xvii
Indian Voices Introductionp. 3
Of the Mission of Saint Francois Xavier on the "Bay of Stinkards," or Rather "Of Stinking Waters"p. 7
On the Hunting of the Gaspesiansp. 10
The Hunting of Moose, of Bears, of Beavers, of Lynxes, and other animals according to their seasonsp. 17
Tarrentines and the Introduction of European Trade Goods in the Gulf of Mainep. 22
The Anishinabeg Point of View: The History of the Great Lakes Region to 1800 in Nineteenth-Century Mississauga, Odawa, and Ojibwa Historiographyp. 45
Fur Trade Literature from a Tribal Point of View: A Critiquep. 65
The Social and Political Significance of Exchange Introductionp. 83
Agriculture and the Fur Tradep. 88
"Give Us a Little Milk": The Social and Cultural Significance of Gift Giving in die Lake Superior Fur Tradep. 114
"Starving" and Survival in the Subarctic Fur Trade: A Case for Contextual Semanticsp. 157
The Growth and Economic Significance of the American Fur Trade, 1790-1890p. 160
"Red" Labor: Iroquois Participation in the Atlantic Economyp. 181
The Fur Trade and Eighteenth-Century Imperialismp. 215
The Middle Groundp. 246
Creative Misunderstandings and New Understandingsp. 305
Cloth Trade Introductionp. 315
Indians as Consumers in the Eighteenth Centuryp. 320
Dressing for Success on the Mohawk Frontier: Hendrick, William Johnson, and the Indian Fashionp. 344
The Flow of European Trade Goods into the Western Great Lakes Region, 1715-1760p. 385
The Matchcoatp. 411
Chiefs Coats Supplied by the American Fur Companyp. 414
The Myth of the Silk Hat and the End of the Rendezvousp. 420
Gender, Kinship, and Community Introductionp. 439
Women, Kin, and Catholicism: New Perspectives on the Fur Tradep. 443
"The Custom of the Country": An Examination of Fur Trade Marriage Practicesp. 481
Woman as Centre and Symbol in the Emergence of Metis Communitiesp. 519
Prelude to Red River: A Social Portrait of the Great Lakes Métisp. 529
The Glaize in 1792: A Composite Indian Communityp. 561
Festivities, Fortitude, and Fraternalism: Fur Trade Masculinity and the Beaver Club, 1785-1827p. 593
Indexp. 621
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