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French Canadians, furs, and indigenous women in the making of the Pacific Northwest

Barman, Jean 1939- (Author).

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Prince Rupert Library 979.5 Barm (Text) 33294001889740 Adult Non-Fiction Volume hold Available -
Sechelt Public Library FN 979.5 BARM (Text) 3326000340279 First Nations Volume hold Checked out 2020-02-08

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  • ISBN: 9780774828048 (cloth)
  • ISBN: 0774828048 (cloth)
  • Physical Description: xiv, 458 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
  • Publisher: Vancouver, BC : University of British Columbia Press, 2014.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 368-430) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: List of illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Part I: French Canadians and the fur economy: I. To be French Canadian -- 2. Facilitating the overland crossing -- 3. Driving the fur economy -- 4. Deciding whether to go or to stay -- Part 2: French Canadians, Indigenous women, and family life in the fur economy: 5. Taking indigenous women seriously -- 6. Innovating family life -- 7. Inititating permanent settlement -- 8. Saving British Columbia for Canada -- Part 3: Beyond the fur economy: 9. Negotiating changing times -- 10. Enabling sons and daughters -- 11. To be French Canadian and Indigenous -- 12. Reclaiming the past -- Appendix: French Canadians arrived with the fur economy who figure in the text -- Notes -- Works cited -- Index.
Summary, etc.: In French Canadians, Furs, and Indigenous Women, Jean Barman rewrites the history of the Pacific Northwest from the perspective of French Canadians involved in the fur economy, the indigenous women whose presence in their lives encouraged them to stay, and their descendants. Joined in this distant setting by Quebec paternal origins, the French language, and Catholicism, French Canadians comprised Canadiens from Quebec, Iroquois from the Montreal area, and métis combining Canadien and indigenous descent. For half a century, French Canadians were the largest group of newcomers in this region extending from Oregon and Washington east into Montana and north through British Columbia. Here, they facilitated the early overland crossings, drove the fur economy, initiated non-wholly-indigenous agricultural settlement, eased relations with indigenous peoples, and ensured that, when the Pacific Northwest was divided in 1846, the northern half would go to Britain, giving today's Canada its Pacific shoreline. In the generations that followed, Barman argues, descendants did not become Métis, as the term has been used to describe a people apart, but rather drew on both their French Canadians and indigenous inheritances to make the best possible lives for themselves and those around them. -- Review from
Subject: Northwest, Pacific -- History
Fur trade -- Northwest, Pacific -- History
French Canadians -- Northwest, Pacific -- History
Native women -- Northwest, Pacific -- History
Topic Heading: First Nations Canada.
Metis Canada.
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