Alberta Originals by Brian Brennan

By Brian Brennan

The massive luck of Brian Brennan's neighborhood bestseller construction a Province left readers clamouring for extra. Alberta Originals is Brennan's reaction to the call for, that includes sixty extra major and influential Albertans.

From philanthropists to neighborhood characters, artists to oil-patch executives, Alberta Originals is stuffed with those that made a special contribution to the social, monetary, cultural, and political foundations of Alberta. everyone was once an unique who introduced his or her power and imaginative and prescient to the shaping of a province that has a historical past of embracing the weird and entrepreneurial.

Brian Brennan presents a clean examine those province developers, highlighting little-known information from the lives of The well-known 5, "Bible Bill" Aberhart, Frank McMahon, Catharine Robb Whyte & Ernest Manning.

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Xxxviii HAN People of the River Hän Hwëch’in Chapter One Furs, Missionaries, Gold, and Disease T he history of the nineteenth century and early twentieth century in the upper Yukon valley can be divided into three stages. At each stage the Han became progressively more involved in an economy that linked them to the outside world. Before 1840, the Han lived off the land and received only a trickle of European-manufactured goods, which arrived indirectly through an extensive network of aboriginal traders.

Her account completely ignored the role of the church and instead highlighted the role of the chief in choosing a village site and the role of the government in providing the land. Both accounts viewed the majority of Han as innocents, unable to resist the temptations of town, and in this respect the chief viewed resettlement as something positive for his people. But unlike Flewelling, who viewed the miners as interlopers who somehow swindled the Natives, the narrator recognized them as human beings who, despite their odd interest in gold, were welcomed as friends.

31 Two years later Vincent Sim reported that while he was traveling on the Yukon River he met or heard of Gwich’in, Han, and Tanana River Athabaskans who had been stricken by an epidemic which he, like Schwatka, thought was diphtheria. ”32 Ferdinand Schmitter, an army doctor stationed at Fort Egbert in Eagle City from 1906 to 1908, recorded the story of a smallpox epidemic that may have occurred in the 1880s: “About five hundred Indians encamped in skin houses about a mile up Mission Creek were taken with small pox and most of them died.

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