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Children of the Fur Trade: Forgotten Metis of the Pacific Northwest (Northwest Reprints)

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Publisher Comments:

A riveting glimpse into a unique heritage, Children of the Fur Trade recovers a vital part of Northwest history.

During the first half of the 19th century, a unique subculture built around hunting and mobility existed quietly in the Pacific Northwest. Descendants of European or Canadian fur trapper fathers and Native American mothers, these mixed-blood settlers — called Metis — were pivotal to the development of the Oregon Country, but have been generally neglected in its written history. Today we know them by the names they left on the land and the waters: The Dalles, Deschutes, Grand Ronde, Portneuf, Payette; and on the peoples who lived there: Pend Oreille, Coeur d'Alene, Nez Perce.

John C. Jackson's Children of the Fur Trade gives readers a vivid and memorable portrait of Metis life at the western edge of North America. This informal account shows the Metis as explorers and mapmakers, as fur trappers and traders, and as boatmen and travelers in a vanishing landscape. Because of their mixed race, they were forced into the margin between cultures in collision. Often disparaged as half-breeds, they became links between the dispossessed native peoples and the new order of pioneer settlement.

Review:

"Children of the Fur Trade is a distinctive look at a forgotten people. At a time when all Americans are concerned about issues of cultural complexity and diversity, Jackson's book reminds us that those questions have been part of our history for a very long time." James P. Ronda, H. G. Barnard Professor of Western American History at the University of Tulsa and author of Lewis and Clark Among the Indians

About the Author

John C. Jackson is the author of numerous books on Western history, including Shadow on the Tetons: David E. Jackson and the Claiming of the American West, The Piikani Blackfeet: A Culture Under Siege, and Jemmy Jock Bird: Marginal Man on the Blackfoot Frontier. Children of the Fur Trade was first published by Mountain Press in 1993. Jackson lives in Olympia, Washington.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780870711947
Author:
Jackson, John C.
Publisher:
Oregon State University Press
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Pacific Northwest
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Old West
Subject:
Minority Studies - Race Relations
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Northwest Reprints
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
326
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Education » Writing
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Immigration
History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
History and Social Science » Pacific Northwest » History
History and Social Science » Pacific Northwest » Oregon » Oregon Territory
History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century
History and Social Science » World History » General

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Product details 326 pages Oregon State University Press - English 9780870711947 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Children of the Fur Trade is a distinctive look at a forgotten people. At a time when all Americans are concerned about issues of cultural complexity and diversity, Jackson's book reminds us that those questions have been part of our history for a very long time." James P. Ronda, H. G. Barnard Professor of Western American History at the University of Tulsa and author of Lewis and Clark Among the Indians
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