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Supplementary Posts about the Red River Buffalo Hunts:

Mention of Hunt and Description of Hunters: excerpted from William H. Keating, Narrative of an Expedition to the Source of the St. Peter’s River, Lake Winnepeek, Lake of the Woods &c. &c. vol. 2 (Philadelphia PA: H.C. Carey and I. Lea, 1824)

George Antoine Belcourt’s Accounts of an 1845 Hunt: two versions of his description.

1846 Buffalo-hunt Observer’s Description: excerpted from Paul Kane, Wanderings of an Artist Among the Indians of North America from Canada to Vancouver Island and Oregon through the Hudson’s Bay Company’s Territory and Back Again (London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans and Roberts, 1859; revised and reprinted, Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1968), 51–94.

An 1856 Description, featuring a Buffalo Hunt of 1840: excerpted from Alexander Ross, Red River Settlement: Its Rise, Progress, and Present State. With Some Account of the Native Races, and Its General History, to the Present Day (London: Smith, Elder & Company, 1856).

1860 Nor’-Wester buffalo-related references (articles and ads).

1861, Contemporary News and a Retrospective View of 1826: current summer and fall hunts described along with winter hunt of 1826.

1862, Tourists described: Nor’-Wester account of encounters with First Nations, warnings, and discovering the fate of the incautious.

1863, Nor’-Wester mentions of hunters, First Nations, and a stolen robe.

1864, transcript of “Buffalo Robes,” Nor’-Wester (31 March 1864), 2.

1865 Nor’-Wester Mentions, printed in the local newspaper.

1869 contemporary news and recounting of 1812-’13 & 1815-’16, with ads and other mentions of buffalo-related exploits, including excerpts from Donald Gunn’s history of settlement, printed in the Nor’-Wester, Nor’-Wester and Pioneer, and the Pioneer.

1870 Red River Newspaper Mentions, buffalo-related texts printed in the New Nation.

1876 Report, J.A. Allen, The American Bisons, Living and Extinct, no. 10, Memoirs of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, at Harvard College ser. vol. 4 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1876).

1880s’ historical recounting of 1815–1829, as told by Donald Gunn, History of Manitoba from the earliest settlement to 1835 (Ottawa: MacLean, Roger & Co., 1880).

1920s’ recounting of the 1860s, as told by Louis Goulet as recorded by Guillaume Charette, L’espace de Louis Goulet (1976; reprint in English as Vanishing Spaces (Memoirs of a Prairie Métis) Winnipeg: Editions Bois-Brulés, 1980).

1930s’ stories about 1850-60s’ hunting, and another from c. 1820, as told by George William Sanderson, “Through Memories Window,” manuscript (1834-1935-1936).

1950s’ Account of Pemmican making, as told to Malvina Bolus, ed., “Pemmican and How to Make It,” Beaver (Summer 1954).

Women of Red River frontispiece