Ss9 website project #2
Indigenous people during the Fur trade
The relationships and roles with the Indigenous people
Mainly in the Fur trade Aboriginal people worked to trade the fur of the animals they hunted for a variety of things. Aboriginals traded with fishers and explorers for fresh food, although they mainly became partners with the Europeans because both French and English were interested in the fur that the aboriginals had.
Many Aboriginals were very kind to the Europeans, and taught them how to survive in their environment, and also showed them ways to of transportation. Even though they showed their affection for the Europeans, the Aboriginals were smart enough to play the English and the French, by trading with both of them.
Many of the Métis men worked for the North West company either or the Hudson Bay company. While many of the women had economic skills that did help the French adapt to the wild kind of life around. The friendship between the European traders and the Native peoples was standardly equal.
Things that the Aboriginals needed, wanted and did connecting with the Europeans
The natives were in need of many tools/goods that the Europeans had as well, such as pots, metal hatchets, metal tools in general, glass beads and cloth goods. They also received in exchange, blankets, firearms and alcohol. The only way Aboriginals were able to get the items they desired, they had to trade their animal fur. They got this fur by trapping animals, ex: during the summer time they would hunt down, and skin buffalo. Both Europeans and Natives wanted what the other had, so they basically just swapped items on certain conditions. Their relationship was so sturdy that the Aboriginals almost always thought of the Europeans first when it came to trading fur for tools.
How the Aboriginals helped Europeans and helped handle the trading systems
Aboriginals were very important because they helped lead the way to explore North America, nobody knew their way around because there were no maps at the time, and the natives did know the wilderness the best. They actually had a warm heart as they provided them with food, and taught them how to do many things such as cook, make canoes to help with transportation, and teach them how to survive in the cold winter weather. When it came to “business” they did not want their trading to interfere with their indigenous culture.
Tragedy for the Indigenous people involved during the fur trade
It was not always the brightest time with the Aboriginals. They were in deep trouble for even being involved in the fur trade. There was a lot of conflict that it wars were happening between the Aboriginals. The Iroquois had become most powerful from all the First Nations in the east. While war was happening voyageurs were moving across the continent with an unpleasant surprise, they had spread European diseases just like smallpox. It was so deadly that about 75% of the Aboriginal population had died. Since then the aboriginal culture was never the same.