Length: 2000 words
General Instructions: Write an essay on the following topic. Your essay should make use of all the materials in the course that deal with your topic as well as at least one book and one article or book chapter; OR the course materials plus two books from the list provided for your topic. The works that you use in addition to the course materials must be by at least two different authors. You are, of course, encouraged to use more materials than this minimum, but you are not required to do so. All the materials listed are available online via the AU Library, unless otherwise indicated. Many are also available in print through the Athabasca University library or a library in your vicinity.
Note that essays in this course must be fully cited using the Chicago Style.
For easy-to-follow examples of the Chicago style, review the “Quick Guide” at chicagomanualofstyle.org.
Topic: In what ways was the fur trade in the West an economic relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples? In what ways was it a social relationship?
Jennifer Brown, Strangers in Blood: Fur Trade Company Families in Indian Country (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1980).
Shepard Krech 111, The Subarctic Fur Trade: Native Social and Economic Adaptations (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1984).
Jack Brink, Imagining Head-Smashed-In: Aboriginal Buffalo Hunting on the Northern Plains (Edmonton: AU Press, 2008)—available at the AU Press website, http://www.aupress.ca
“A Striking Contrast . . . Where Perpetuity of Union and Exclusiveness is Not a Rule, at Least Not a Strict Rule,” in Sarah Carter, The Importance of Being Monogamous (Edmonton: AU Press, 2008): 103–144—available at the AU Press website, http://www.aupress.ca
Jennifer Brown, “Rupert’s Land, Nituskeenan, Our Land: Cree and English Naming and Claiming Around the Dirty Sea,” in Ted Binnema and Susan Neylan, eds., New Histories for Old: Changing Perspectives on Canada’s Native Pasts (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2007).