The Indian Way by Neil Van Sickle
Indians and the North American Fur Trade

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Fascinating, exhaustive, and thoroughly researched, Neil Van Sickle and Evelyn Rodewald present the true story behind what was arguably the most important economic industry in North America for three centuries. Emphasizing the actual overriding role of Indian people in exploration, wilderness transportation, survival, and the collection of pelts and hides, Van Sickle and Rodewald demonstrate the great extent to which white adventurers, explorers, and traders heavily relied upon the Native American tribes. With the entirety of the white traders’ commerce resting in the cradle of Native American culture, the indigenous tribes’ sophisticated trading network unlocked the secrets of the New World, creating a vibrant economy and complex working relationship between their societies and those of the new settlers.

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Neil Van Sickle graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1938. During his career, he served in various command and staff positions during World War II and the Cold War. He wrote and edited Modern Airmanship, which became an authoritative source of information for private pilots. He retired from the Air Force in 1968. Van Sickle's interest in Indians and the fur trade grew out of his youth spent in North Dakota in close proximity to the rivers and streams used by the Mandan and the Hidasta. In retirement he owned and operated a horse ranch in South Dakota and served two terms as County Commissioner. He currently lives in Kalispell, Montana.Evelyn Rodewald grew up along the Missouri River in northeastern Montana near the Assinniboine and the Sioux. She earned her master's in American history with an emphasis on the Indians of the Columbia Plain from Washington State University. During her career she taught school, lived and worked internationally, and edited an international newsletter for veterinarians. Upon retirement she and her husband, Gordon, returned to Montana and live in Whitefish.
Published March 12, 2012 by CreateSpace. 510 pages
Genres: History.

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Two authors team up for an exhaustive survey of the North American fur trade that focuses on how European explorers and entrepreneurs depended on Native Americans.

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