Download e-book for iPad: Best Left As Indians: Native-White Relations in the Yukon by Ken Coates

By Ken Coates

ISBN-10: 0773507809

ISBN-13: 9780773507807

The indigenous inhabitants, Coates stresses, has now not been passive within the face of growth by way of whites. He argues that local humans have performed an incredible position in shaping the historical past of the quarter and picking out the connection with the immigrant inhabitants. They famous the clash among the cloth and technological merits of an imposed financial order and the need to keep up a harvesting lifestyles. whereas they with ease authorised technological thoughts, they resisted the imposition of an business, city setting. modern land claims exhibit their long-standing attachment to the land and exhibit a endured, assertive reaction to non-Native intervention.

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The Indians clearly understood the Europeans' motives for trading furs and quickly realized the implications of competition for trading conditions. The first sign of the Indians' ability to use competitive trade to their advantage appeared in 1847, when Alexander Murray arrived to construct Fort Youcon. At that juncture, the only alternative to the HBC was a small, irregularly maintained Russian American Fur Company outpost at Nulato, some seven hundred miles downstream from the British establishment.

8 Wage rates in the mines reflected the differential treatment of non-Native and Native workers.

Many of the post Indians stopped or limited their trapping activities and assumed a new position as fur traders and provision hunters. 16 The existence of flourishing Native trading systems similarly interfered with the HBC'S planned expansion from the south. This second phase, led by Robert Campbell, was to push north along the Liard River and, if possible, cross into the watershed of the Colville. Campbell moved northwest in short, tentative steps, first establishing trading posts on Frances Lake and the upper Pelly River in 1839-40.

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