||People of the North|
A number of early
traders, explorers and journalists left written descriptions and drawings
of the people they met. These are valuable records of how First Nations
people lived in the mid-19th century. Alexander Hunter Murray, a Hudson’s
Bay Company (HBCo.) trader, made paintings of some of the people he met
and in his writings described the various groups that came to the trading
|We also have the words
of the people themselves. Through the oral
tradition, stories, histories, songs and personal experiences were passed
on from one generation to the next by word of mouth. This was an important
way of preserving history and heritage. Today’s researchers save these
spoken memories by oral history, the process of making sound recordings
and transcripts of these stories.
Hän elder Annie Henry and her great-granddaughter, Teresa Procee, at the Moosehide Gathering, 2002.