Rethinking the Fur Trade (häftad)
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Rethinking the Fur Trade (häftad)

Rethinking the Fur Trade

Cultures of Exchange in an Atlantic World

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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.
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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). Contributors: Dean Anderson, Donald F. Bibeau, Mary Black-Rogers, Bruce J. Bourque, Jennifer S. H. Brown, Allen Chronister, James L. Clayton, Bruce White, W. J. Eccles, William F. Ganong, James A. Hanson, Gail D. MacLeitch, D. Peter MacLeod, D. W. Moodie, Jacqueline Petersen, Carolyn Podruchny, Gail DeBuse Potter, Arthur J. Ray, Timothy J. Shannon, Susan Sleeper-Smith, Helen Hornbeck Tanner, Reuben Gold Thwaites, Sylvia Van Kirk, Richard White, and Ruth H. Whitehead.


List of Illustrations List of Tables Source Acknowledgments Introduction: Cultures of Exchange in a North Atlantic World Part 1. Indigenous Perspectives Introduction 1. Of the Mission of Saint Francois Xavier on the "Bay of Stinkards," or Rather "Of Stinking Waters" Father Allouez 2. On the Hunting of the Gaspesians Father Chrestien LeClercq 3. The Hunting of Moose, of Bears, of Beavers, of Lynxes, and Other Animals According to Their Seasons Father Chrestien LeClercq 4. Tarrentines and the Introduction of European Trade Goods in the Gulf of Maine Bruce J. Bourque and Ruth Holmes Whitehead 5. 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 6. Fur Trade Literature from a Tribal Point of View: A Critique Donald F. Bibeau Part 2. The Social and Political Significance of Exchange Introduction 7. Agriculture and the Fur Trade D. W. Moodie 8. "Give Us a Little Milk": The Social and Cultural Significance of Gift Giving in the Lake Superior Fur Trade Bruce M. White 9. "Starving" and Survival in the Subartic Fur Trade: A Case for Contextual Semantics Mary Black-Rogers 10. The Growth and Economic Significance of the American Fur Trade, 17901890 James L. Clayton 11. "Red" Labor: Iroquois Participation in the Atlantic Economy Gail D. MacLeitch 12. The Fur Trade and Eighteenth-Century Imperialism W. J. Eccles 13. The Middle Ground Richard White 14. Creative Misunderstandings and New Understandings Richard White Part 3. Cloth Trade Introduction 15. Indians as Consumers in the Eighteenth Century Arthur J. Ray 16. Dressing for Success on the Mohawk Frontier: Hendrick, William Johnson, and the Indian Fashion Timothy J. Shannon 17. The Flow of European Trade Goods into the Western Great Lakes Region, 17151760 Dean L. Anderson 18. The Matchcoat Gail DeBuse Potter 19. Chiefs Coats Supplied by the American Fur Company Allen Chronister 20. The Myth of the Silk Hat and the End of the Rendezvous James A. Hanson Part 4. Gender, Kinship, and Community Introduction 21. Women, Kin, and Catholicism: New Perspectives on the Fur Trade Susan Sleeper-Smith 22. "The Custom of the Country": An Examination of Fur Trade Marriage Practices Sylvia Van Kirk 23. Woman as Centre and Symbol in the Emergence of Metis Communities Jennifer S. H. Brown 24. Prelude to Red River: A Social Portrait of the Great Lakes Metis Jacqueline Peterson 25. The Glaize in 1792: A Composite Indian Community Helen Hornbeck Tanner 26. Festivities, Fortitude, and Fraternalism: Fur Trade Masculinity and the Beaver Club, 17851827 Carolyn Podruchny Index