Relive the romance of the fur trade.
With previously unpublished photographs, this new edition of Northern Trader is a vivid personal memoir and valuable primary account of the last days of the fur trade. Harold Kemp recounts the routines and rhythms of that long-lost way of life and paints a portrait of the north as a "vast region of infinite allure."
In palpable, often gripping prose, Kemp depicts life on the trail in all seasons: paddling and portaging freight canoes, using muzzle-loaders, running on snowshoes to break trails for dogs pulling toboggans, and making camp at the end of an exhausting day.
A gifted writer, Kemp creates distinctive portraits of those he encounters, including the Cree people among whom he lived, whose language he spoke, whose skills he admired, and whose customs he respected.
Publisher's Preface VII
Foreword to the 2014 Edition IX
Author's Introduction XVII
Chapter One 1
"Freeze-Up Travel," 1911
Chapter Two 8
The Hudson's Bay Company; The Treaty Party, 1911; John H. Reid
Chapter Three 23
Crees and Chipewyans; Northern Missionaries; Andrée's Balloon; York Boat Travel
Chapter Four 41
Revillon Frères; Cumberland House; The "Indian" Life; Lac la Ronge; Epidemic
Chapter Five 70
North with the Family; of Eggs and Oranges; Ile à la Crosse
Chapter Six 79
Red Earth Post; A Primitive People; Birch Bark Canoes; A Double Wedding
Chapter Seven 89
Of Muzzle-loaders; The Cree Calendar; A Birth in the Family; A Brush with the Law
Chapter Eight 102
The Logjam; Indian Honesty; Farewell to Red Earth
Chapter Nine 110
Muskeg Travel; River Travel; Stanley Post; The Organist
Chapter Ten 124
An Ancient Church; Of Fish and Foxes; The "Haggling" Indian; Kitimakis; Winter Trading
Chapter Twelve 167
Summer Returns; Village Life; Elsie and her Patients
Chapter Thirteen 175
Dangers of the Trail; Of Phobias and Strange Beliefs
Chapter Fourteen 187
A Holiday and Return; A New Look for an Old Church
Chapter Fifteen 197
Education, Devotion, and Veneration; Joe Visintin and R.D. Brooks
Chapter Sixteen 211
Winter Diversions; Timber Wolves and a Mad Dog; Autumn Fishing
Chapter Seventeen 225
We Leave the North; Montreal Lake Again; The Waskesiu River
Chapter Eighteen 234
1947; We Revisit Old Scenes; and Meet Old Friends
Chapter Nineteen 247
"Civilization" Reaches the North; L'Envoi
Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Kemp, H. S. M. (Harold Stuart Miller), 1892-1982, author
Northern trader : the last days of the fur trade / H.S.M.
Kemp. -- New edition.
Reprint of: Northern trader / H.S.M. Kemp. -- Toronto : Ryerson
Issued in print and electronic formats.
ISBN 978-0-88977-316-5 (pbk.).--ISBN 978-0-88977-328-8 (pdf).--
ISBN 978-0-88977-315-8 (html)
1. Kemp, H. S. M. (Harold Stuart Miller), 1892-1982. 2. Fur
traders--Saskatchewan--Biography. 3. Fur trade--Saskatchewan.
4. Saskatchewan--Social life and customs. I. Title.
FC3522.1.K44A3 2014 971.24'02092 C2014-906061-0