Contact and Conflict: Indian-European Relations in British by Robin Fisher

By Robin Fisher

Originally released in 1977, and reprinted a number of tiems considering that, touch and Cnoflict is still a useful account of the profound effect that white payment had on Native-European kin in British Columbia after the fur exchange ended. Robin Fisher argues that the fur exchange had a constrained impression at the cultures of local humans. either Natives and Europeans have been all for a collectively worthy economic climate, and there has been no incentive for non-Native fur investors to change noticeably the local social process. With the passing of the fur alternate in 1858, notwithstanding, and the start of white cost, what has been a reciporcal approach among the 2 civilizations turned a trend of white dominance.

The moment version contains a preface during which the writer re-examines his unique arguments, surveys the literature due to the fact 1977, and reviews on instructions for brand new examine. the unique variation of the ebook used to be released at a time whilst there has been particularly little written through historians at the topic. this day, Contact and Conflict continues to be widespread by way of students and scholars, and its arguments have persisted, yielding new insights into the function of local humans within the background of British Columbia.

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As the Europeans consolidated their hold on the country, the traditional Indian cultures were disrupted and the Indians' current needs were often neglected. Governmental action constituted an attack on Indian cultures and reflected the fact that the Indians had become largely irrelevant to the development of the province by white settlers. I would like to thank many people who helped to make this book possible. My indebtedness to my teachers in New Zealand, who first showed me the way, is too great to be repaid.

Considerable time and effort went into drying and stretching a sea otter pelt, and the trade probably placed a premium on the labour of slaves. Preparing pelts was often women's work, so the trade may also have provided an impetus for increased polygamy in the houses of chiefs. Certainly, those leaders who became more wealthy because of the fur trade could afford more wives. In time women also acquired new economic value as prostitutes on trading vessels. Prostitution for economic gain was something that the Indians learned from the European.

199. 74 75 16 Contact and Conflict mourning Indian women in spite of Wickaninish's warnings not to. 78 This kind of disregard for Indian protocol was likely to produce hostility. Through ignorance of Indian social usages, white traders probably offended Indian sensibilities on many occasions. There were many possible motives behind Indian attacks on vessels, most of them more complex than revenge or innate treachery. There was a delicate balance of gains and losses to be weighed up by Indian leaders who contemplated an attack.

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