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Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais

Early Accounts of the Anishinaabeg and the North Shore Fur Trade

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Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais by Timothy Cochrane
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The journals of two clerks of the American Fur Company recall a lost moment in the history of the fur trade and the Anishinaabeg along Lake Superior\u2019s North Shore Long after the Anishinaabeg first inhabited and voyageurs plied Lake Superior\u2019s North Shore in Minnesota, and well before the tide of Scandinavian immigrants swept in, Bela Chapman, a clerk of John Jacob Astor\u2019s American Fur Company, fetched up in Gichi Bitobig-a stony harbor now known as Grand Marais. Through the year that followed, Chapman recorded his efforts on behalf of Astor\u2019s enterprise: setting up a working post to compete with the Hudson Bay Company, establishing trading relationships with the local Anishinaabeg, and steering a crew of African-Anishinaabeg, Yankee, Virginian, and M\u00e9tis boatmen. The young clerk\u2019s journal, and another kept by his successor, George Johnston, provides a window into a story largely lost to history. Using these and other little known documents, Timothy Cochrane recreates the drama that played out in the cold weather months in Grand Marais between 1823 and 1825.In its portrayal of the changing fur trade on the great lake, Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais offers a rare glimpse of the Anishinaabeg-especially the leader Espagnol-as astute and active trading partners, playing the upstart Americans for competitive advantage against their rivals, even as the company men contend with the harsh geographic realities of the North Shore. Through the words of long-ago witnesses, the book recovers both the too-often overlooked Anishinaabeg roots and corporate origins of Grand Marais, a history deeper and more complex than is often told. Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais recalls a time in northern Minnesota when men of the American Fur Company and the Anishinaabeg navigated the shifting course of progress, negotiating the new perils and prospects of commerce\u2019s westward drift.

Author Biography

Timothy Cochrane worked as a backcountry ranger, historian, anthropologist, and superintendent for the National Park Service in Alaska, Minnesota, and Michigan. He has worked extensively with Native American tribes, most recently with the Grand Portage Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa as superintendent at Grand Portage National Monument. His books include A Good Boat Speaks for Itself (Minnesota, 2002) and Minong-The Good Place: Ojibwe and Isle Royale.
Release date NZ
November 13th, 2018
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
University of Minnesota Press
Pages
216
ISBN-13
9781517905934
Product ID
27876809

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