Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Quarrel with the Metis at the Portage 1862

The Governor of Rupert's Land Alexander Grant Dallas
Alexander Grant Dallas (in the bow tie) and his Iroquois tripmen in 1863  (edited)

“After these two gentlemen visited the governor we also went, Grouard and I, to pay our respects to His Excellency.We found him standing alone in the meadow not far from the huge Iroquois canoe that had brought him. He walked around looking bored and annoyed."

Monday, 27 February 2012

Metis buffalo hunters of Red River


galloping buffalo's from...........Muybridge_Buffalo_sequence.jpg

The Metis buffalo hunters of Red River.
"Conspicuous in importance amongst the annual events in the colony are the journeys made to the Plains by the Buffalo hunters at different periods of the year. The parties belonging to the summer hunt start about the beginning of June, and remain on the Plains until the beginning of August. They then return to the settlement for the purpose of trading their pemmican and dried meat. The autumn hunters start during the month of August, and remain on the prairie until the end of October, or early November, when they usually return bringing the fresh or "green meat," preserved at that late season by the extreme cold."  Red river by Hargrave 1871 (page 168)

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Lost love at Portage La Loche 1862

Lac La Loche forest scene 2011

The country wife is abandoned.

"On July 29th. a Chipewyan woman ran into my tent crying. I learned through an interpreter that this young girl, still pagan, was married to a Cree man, also pagan. He had repudiated her and leaving right away for Lac La Biche. She came to ask me to intervene on her behalf with her mother-in-law and husband so that they would treat her more kindly.
I went to their lodge. Neither one nor the other would listen. The young woman, they said, was sour tempered and easily angered and didn't love her husband. In short they didn't want her. I insisted. The old Cree woman, with her nose up, jealous and hostile told me without even looking at me "Never again will she step foot in my tent."

Monday, 20 February 2012

Metis and Dene dog blankets and bells

Paul Kane 1848 "Wedding Party"
These dogs are decorated with blankets and bells

The Canadian Inuit harnessed dogs to sledges over 1000 years ago.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Fond du Lac Census 2011

Fond du Lac R.C. Church on July 29, 1893. Photo taken by the Tyrrell Expedition.

link:....Fond-du-Lac, Saskatchewan

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Fort Chipewyan, Alberta 1893

Fort Chipewyan from the top of the prison. The Catholic Mission can be seen further down the shore.
These photos are from the J.B. Tyrrell expedition            link........... University of Toronto Libraries,_Alberta

Sunday, 12 February 2012

moss bags/baby carriers

La Loche in 1914. Mothers with babies in front of a tent with the old La Loche Church in the background. The ladies are all dressed modestly in dresses down to the ankles and buttoned to the neck. Several are wearing kerchiefs, aprons and shawls.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Census 2011 La Loche/La Ronge

Canada Census 2011 results:

La Loche is now the largest town in northern Saskatchewan.          Canada Census 2011

Uptown La Loche from Marie Street

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Ile a la Crosse in 1862

Ile a la Crosse mission buildings in the 1860's
Father Emile Petitot travelled through Ile a la Crosse with the Portage La Loche Brigade in 1862. Twenty years later he wrote his impressions of this trip.