Women in Between Essay

1824 Words Jun 24th, 2012 8 Pages
Course Code: HIST 200
Instructor: Dr. Jim Wood
Student # 1011080
Date: March 25, 2012

“Women in Between”: Indian Women in Fur Trade Society in Western Canada”, written by Sylvia Van Kirk assesses the lives of Indian women in the fur trade. The article expresses both the positive and negative aspects of being an Indian woman in the fur trade as well as their motives for marrying European fur traders. The article contributes to our understanding of the fur trade society by focusing on the motives and actions of Indian women in the fur trade which furthers our knowledge of Canadian history prior to confederation.

Sylvia Van Kirk used a vast selection of sources when writing the article on the Women in Between. The article
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The article contributes to our understanding of the fur trade society by focusing on the motives and actions of Indian women in the fur trade which further our knowledge of Canadian history prior to confederation. There are various other articles, books and journals available in which we can draw some information on the history of Indian women in the fur trade. Unfortunately, as is noted in various readings on this topic, Indian women, coming from a non-literate society, have not left us with any writings of their own views of their motivates for being in the fur trade or deciding to leave. The only historical reference of the lives of women in the fur trade is written by men and mostly European men. Women in Between examines through multiple sources of traders observation, the life of an Indian women in the fur trade based on the accounts provided by men.

Women in Between discusses the unique and complex interactions between the two racial groups, white and Indian and the important role that Indian women played in this interaction. The article title Women in Between is appropriately named as it focuses on explaining the role of Indian women in the fur trade and their ability to play an integral part in fur trade society. Similar sources draw on the same conclusion that Indian women played a key role in the fur trade as they were able to act as agents in developing Indian-white relations. “The strong

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