Tracing the histories of Indian women’s mixed-race daughters and granddaughters, Many Tender Ties helps show how fur-trade society developed and changed over the next two hundred years.
Beginning with the founding of the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1670, the fur trade dominated the development of of the Canadian West. In this long-neglected story of interracial fur-trade families in western Canada, Sylvia Van Kirk demonstrates how important women were to the Canadian fur trade. She illuminates mutual economic dependency between Native peoples and European traders and shows how marriages of fur traders to Indian women created bonds that advanced trade relations.
ISBN – 978-0-8061-1847-5
The University of Oklahoma Press, 1980