Uncovers the forgotten story of French Canadians who, along with the Indigenous women in their lives, shaped the Canadian and American Pacific Northwest.
Jean Barman is a nationally recognized historian and author, and a professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia. She is the recipient of the 2014 George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the 2006 City of Vancouver Book Prize, the 2004 Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for best book on British Columbia history, and numerous other honours and awards. She is the author or editor of several books, including British Columbia: Spirit of the People (2008, Harbour Publishing), The West beyond the West: A History of British Columbia (3rd ed., 2007, rev. 1996, orig. 1991, University of Toronto Press), and Stanley Park’s Secret: The Forgotten Families of Whoi Whoi, Kanaka Ranch, and Brockton Point (2005, Harbour Publishing).
This tour de force charts in both broad strokes and careful detail the impact of French Canadian men and their Aboriginal wives and families on the transformation of the Pacific Northwest. It is a model of extensive and deep research, combined with judicious and sophisticated analysis. - Carolyn Podruchny, author of Making the Voyageur World: Travelers and Traders in the North American Fur Trade
Barman’s feast of historical and genealogical data on French Canadians in British Columbia forces the reader to ponder their absence in previous BC histories, and reinforces the position of French Canadians as one of the founding peoples of that province. - Maurice Guibord, Société historique francophone de la Colombie-Britannique
The history of French Canadian fur trappers in the northwest, often mentioned in local state histories, here crosses national and cultural borders to include their interactions with indigenous peoples and stories of travels from eastern Canada to Oregon and British Columbia. This book is an essential forensic history for all people who trace their ancestry to the fur trade era of the Pacific Northwest. - David G. Lewis, PhD, Tribal Historian, Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon
In Barman’s adroit hands, the lives and experiences, hopes and dreams of the French Indian families who had a significant yet generally unremarked impact on the Pacific Northwest come to life. Rather than peripheral figures in the larger course of historical events, they were often at the center of the action - in exploring and fur-trapping expeditions, during periods of relatively peaceful negotiation and exchange, and at times of armed conflict. - Melinda Marie Jetté, Oregon Historical Quarterly, Summer 2015
Barman concludes this extensive, well-researched, and analytical work by stressing the need to view the history of the Pacific Northwest more inclusively. - Jacky Moore, Herne Bay, British Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol. 29 No. 1, Spring 2016
This is a massive undertaking by a historian at the height of her powers. Barman has availed herself of an eclectic assemblage of sources: biographies, fur trade journals and exploration narratives, church records, and recent Canadian and American historiography on the fur trade, among others. She has seamlessly integrated this material to tell the stories of individuals and families, while at the same time providing a contextual framework for understanding the social, economic, and political trajectories of these people … French Canadian, Furs, and Indigenous Women in the Making of the Pacific Northwest is yet another fine contribution to BC history by one of its leading practitioners. - Heather Devine, University of Calgary, BC Studies
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