Voices From Hudson Bay

Voices From Hudson Bay

Cree Stories From York Factory

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In Voices from Hudson Bay, Cree elders recall the daily lives and experiences of the men and women who lived and worked at the Hudson's Bay Company post at York Factory in Manitoba. Their stories, their memories of family, community, and daily life, define their past and provide insights into a way of life that has largely disappeared in northern Canada. The era the elders describe, from the end of World War I to the closing of York Factory in 1957, saw dramatic changes--both positive and negative--to Indigenous life in the North. The extension of Treaty 5 in 1910 to include members of the York Factory band, the arrival of police and government agents, and the shifting economy of the fur trade are all discussed. Despite these upheavals, the elders' accounts demonstrate the continuity of northern life in the twentieth century, from the persistence of traditional ways to the ongoing role of community and kinship ties. Perceptions of Cree life have been shaped largely by non-Native accounts that offered limited views of Indigenous history and recorded little beyond the social and economic interaction that was part of life in the fur trade. The stories in this collection provide Cree perspectives on northern life and history, and represent a legacy bequeathed to a younger generation of Indigenous people. This second edition includes updates to the original text and a new preface.
Publisher: Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2017
Edition: Second edition
ISBN: 9780773551749
0773551743
9780773551435
0773551433
Branch Call Number: 971.271 V88b1
Characteristics: xl, 160pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Beardy, Flora 1946-
Coutts, Robert

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