Buffalo Days And Nights

Buffalo Days And Nights

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Born in 1833, Peter Erasmus was a colourful and important character in the events that marked western Canada's transformation from the open buffalo plains of Rupert's Land into townsites and farmsteads. He was a remarkable and highly educated man, fluent in six Native languages as well as English, Latin and Greek, and respected by Native peoples, white settlers and explorers.

Trained by the church for missionary work, Erasmus instead became one of the "mixed-blood" guides and interpreters who helped shape the Canadian west. His long career as a celebrated buffalo hunter, mission worker, teacher, trader and interpreter made him a legend in his own time. His involvement in such events as the Palliser expedition, the smallpox epidemic of the 1870's, the signing of Treaty No. Six, and the last big buffalo hunt has ensured his place in history long after his death at the age of ninety-seven.

Buffalo Days and Nights is a lively and fascinating account of his experiences, first assembled with the help of Henry Thompson, an Edmonton reporter, in the 1920's. It is a classic in western Canadian history that offers an insider's view into the events that surrounded the start of a new era.

Publisher: Calgary, AB : Fifth House, c1999
ISBN: 9781894004275
Branch Call Number: 971.2 ERA
Characteristics: 343 p
Additional Contributors: Thompson, Henry


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Sep 22, 2015

An interesting point-of-view and read for those who want to learn about Western Canada history. Especially the settlement and exploration of the prairies.

Jul 26, 2015

This first hand account gives day to day details of the Metis and First Nations on the prairies during the fur trade era of the 1830s- early1900s. This personal story of Peter Erasmus touches on the plight of First Nations when the Buffalo were being hunted out, causing near starvation for many as this was a main stale. The result of this and many settlers pushing west caused. The need for Treaty acceptance as seen by many of those effected. Peter's involvement in his training for the ministry, interpreting for missionaries, trapping, gold mining, Buffalo hunting, interpreter for Treaty 8, as well as his time as a travelling goods trader are chronicalled in this book.

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Sep 22, 2015

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