5 thoughts on “Many Tender Ties

  1. I feel like half the work was already done when Sylvia Van Kirk laid out her topic. Many Tender Ties chronicles the change in marriage trends among fur traders in Canada from 1670-1870. Specifically, the story is how traders’ preferences for wives shifted from native Indians, to half-native, half-European, and finally to fully European. Maybe I’m a geek, but that just sounds cool, even without all the elaboration and nuance Van Kirk brings in her narrative.

    Van Kirk starts by dispelling the popul

  2. Very similar to Strangers in Blood by Jennifer Brown. A great pair of books to read together. I’ve also read some articles by VanKirk that follow the same subject. A good researcher and easy to read.

  3. I liked reading this book because it redefined my understanding of the role of “country wife” in early Canadian history. Those marriages between natives and fur traders, not always legitimized by church ceremony, were widely accepted. That is until the upper management of Hudson’s Bay Company, though, began to import ‘fragile flowers’from Europe as wives. These women were largely unsuited for frontier life (with the exception of Letitia Hargrave), and became the measure for what was socially ‘a

  4. This is the first (of3) books required by my History of Women of the American West class. I actually enjoyed this book. Not so much on a pleasure level, but more of an interest level. It explained the great power Native American women had in the Canadian Fur Trade. In fact without them. thier skills and knowledge, the fur traders would never have survived!

    The sad part of this book is that in marrying these white fur traders the men then changed the women into their ideals of Victorian females an

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