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'A model study of the fur trade in all its economic aspects. ... Illuminating inferences from scattered statements in primary sources demonstrate the author's mastery of his subject.'(Harvey L. Carter)
'Ray's study underscores the essential insights which multi-disciplinary approaches can bring to fur trade history.'(Sylvia Van Kirk)
'Ray handles his material with clarity and conciseness, providing a significant study not only of the fur trade, but of the history of cultural changes brought about by the extension of white influence over a red continent.'(Gary C. Stein)
'An important, ground-breaking study of the Assiniboine and Western Cree Indians ... essential reading for anyone interested in the history of the Canadian West before 1870.'
'A rather remarkable historical picture of the varying, and interactive roles played by these Indians (especially the Assiniboine and Cree) in the Northwest fur trade economy, but has also analyzed the ramifications of their respective, changing roles for their migrations, seasonal movements, ecological adaptations, interethnic relations, population figures, and material culture. The reader is presented with an eagles eye view of the dynamic, overlapping demographic (both macro- and micro-) patterns of all ethnic groups in the area, together with a multiplicity of complexly interrelated causal factors which arose directly or indirectly from the Indians' participation in the fur trade.'(Susan R. Sharrock)
'One of the most significant contributions that this work makes to the literature of the fur trade is a clear and factual delineation of the relationships between the traders and the Indians. The reader becomes acutely aware of the fact that they were primarily peaceful relationships based upon interdependence and cooperation of both parties.'(Charles E. Hanson Jr.)