Book details

Publication date: August 2022
Features: 1 map, 28 photographs, 2 illustrations, reading guide for students and book clubs
Keywords: fur trade free trader Indigenous Oxford Lake Pine Bluff Scandinavian Norway Oslo narrative oral history primary document Pelshandleren Hudson’s Bay Company travel journey voyageur trapper beaver
Subject(s): SOCIAL SCIENCE / Indigenous Studies, HISTORY / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-), LITERARY CRITICISM / General, fur trade free trader Indigenous Oxford Lake Pine Bluff Scandinavian Norway Oslo narrative oral history primary document Pelshandleren Hudson’s Bay Company travel journey voyageur trapper beaver, Canadian History, Biography, Canadian History / Indigenous Studies / Fur Trade, Northern Manitoba
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Einar Odd Mortensen Sr..

Gerd Kjustad Mortensen. Gerd Kjustad Mortensen is the daughter-in-law of Einar Odd Mortensen Sr. She holds a M.Ed. and has taught at Oslo College, Hamar College, and at the University of Stavanger.

Ingrid Urberg. Ingrid Urberg is Associate Professor of Scandinavian Studies at Augustana Campus, University of Alberta.

Daniel Sims. Daniel Sims is a member of the Tsay Keh Dene First Nation. He is Associate Professor of First Nations Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia.

“The Fur Trader provides an outsider view of life in the fur trade in the 1920s and is a text to be studied for its perspective and tone as much as for its content. Readers who enjoy travel, exploration, and fur trade history will find this book interesting and useful.” Winona Wheeler, University of Saskatchewan


“The Fur Trader recovers and contextualizes a young Norwegian‘s engaging account of his encounters with the Canadian north during his three years as a fur trader in northern Manitoba in the 1920s.” Guðrún Björk Guðsteinsdóttir, University of Iceland

Acknowledgements ix
Introduction xi
Ingrid Urberg & Daniel Sims
Map xli

1 | North of the 53rd Parallel 1
2 | Alone at the Trading Post 17
3 | From Camp to Church 27
4 | From Greenhorn to Old-Timer 47
5 | Sons of the Wilderness 57
6 | Hudson’s Bay versus Free Trader 89
7 | Towards New Hunting Grounds 97
8 | Days at Oxford Lake 113
Epilogue 127

A Personal Perspective on the Author and the Book
Gerd Kjustad Mortensen
Reading Guide and Discussion Questions 137
Notes 141
Bibliography 167
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