Latin America Essay

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This essay will look at two articles, which are “Women in Between”: Indian Women in Fur Trade Society in Western Canada, by Sylvia Van Kirk, and New France: Les femmes favorisees, by Jan Noel. These two articles look at women in early New France from two different societies, in which we will see similarities and differences between the two. The essay will look at both of these articles and how they compare and contrast. “Women in Between”: Indian Women in Fur Trade Society in Western Canada”, written by Sylvia Van Kirk assesses the lives of Indian women in the fur trade. The article expresses both the positive and negative aspects of being an Indian woman in the fur trade as well as their motives for marrying European fur traders. The article contributes to our understanding of the fur trade society by focusing on the motives and actions of Indian women in the fur trade which furthers our knowledge of Canadian history prior to confederation. This article gives a great overview of the lives of Indian women and their role in the fur trade. Sylvia Van Kirk does lean towards the argument that these alliances were generally positive and that Indian women had much to gain. She does however, recognize throughout the article that there is history showing that in some cases these experiences were negative and caused hardship for many Indian women in the fur trade. Women in Between discusses the unique and complex interactions between the two racial groups, white and Indian and the important role that Indian women played in this interaction. The article title Women in Between is appropriately named as it focuses on explaining the role of Indian women in the fur trade and their ability to play an integral part in fur trade society. It was widely accepted in both Indian and white cultures for a trader to take an Indian wife. In fact, it was not uncommon for Indian women to be

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