*An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association annual meeting in St John's, Newfoundland, in June 1971. The research for this paper was supported, in part, by grants from the National Museum of Man, Ottawa.
Archival sources and the culture history of the Indians of the Eastern Subarctic*
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Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue canadienne de sociologie
Volume 12, Issue 3, pages 244–251, August 1975
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BISHOP, C. A. (1975), Archival sources and the culture history of the Indians of the Eastern Subarctic. Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue canadienne de sociologie, 12: 244–251. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-618X.1975.tb00046.x
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This paper discusses some of the historical materials available to anthropologists interested in research on the Indians of the Eastern Subarctic. Until very recently, several important archival resources were either unknown or ignored by scholars, and therefore many ethnohistorical issues have remained unresolved. In some cases, field data have been extended back in time to fill gaps. But when historical materials are later uncovered, they sometimes refute field-derived historical assumptions. This paper, then, stresses the importance of archival research and illustrates its value with reference to several problem areas in Subarctic ethnology. Of special significance are the Hudson's Bay Company Archives in Winnipeg.