An unpopular opinion
October 22, 2011 § Leave a comment
European Americans – heck, most westerners – are quick to assign precontact aboriginal populations a life in a state of grace – something “natural”. However, this simply isn’t true. Most were “nations” with a distinct economic foundation. For those nations living in the northern forest, trading in furs was fundamental. It became even more so with the original invasion of Europeans. Those fur trading nations were not passive victims of the Hudson Bay company. With the decline in the popularity of fur the basic support for traditional life styles put them in a dependent relationship with national governments.
Note that this applies only to wild fur – not farm raised. Revitalizing the fur market would be one small step in providing northern aboriginal populations with an economic support for a traditional life style.