By John Macfie
On the midpoint of the 20th century, the 1st countries humans of Ontario's underdeveloped hinterland lived basically from the land. They congregated in summer time in outlined groups yet in early autumn dispersed to iciness camps to seek, fish, and seize. more and more, notwithstanding, they discovered that they had to evolve to another lifestyle, one towards the Canadian mainstream. whereas life and expectancies have been sincerely altering, the local people's wish to hold their wealthy and precise cultural traditions remained robust. John Macfie, then an worker with the Ontario division of Lands and Forests, captured in photos this turning-point within the lives of the Ojibway, Cre, and Oji-Cree, whilst their conventional tradition nonetheless flourished yet switch used to be quickly coming near near.
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Jack Gibb, clerk at the Hudson's Bay Company's Big Trout Lake post. A native of Aberdeen, Scotland, Gibb made the most of life in the Canadian wilderness, as attested to by this twenty-pound lake trout he has just caught. 60 Hudson Bay Watershed Chief James Masakayash raises the flag as a signal to members of the Osnaburgh Band to come to the council house for the spring trappers' meeting. Cam Currie (in peaked cap), trapline management supervisor for the Department of Lands and Forests, consulting a map with Big Trout Lake trappers.
The Hudson's Bay Company outpost at Kasabonika in the headwaters of the Winisk River. Although he neither read nor spoke English, the native manager in the doorway printed the company sign over the door, copying the old English lettering from a tea package (the larger sign was sent in later from headquarters).
33 34 Hudson Bay Watershed Dehairing a caribou skin. Hunting and Harvesting A big game skin being smoked over a low fire, the final stage in the tanning process. Partly tanned caribou skins at Deer Lake. 35 36 Hudson Bay Watershed A smokehouse for curing meat and fish, at Weagamow. Smoking a moosehide inside a conical smokehouse at Weagamow. Hunting and Harvesting Mrs. Suguanaqueb of Longlac tanning a moosehide. 37 38 Hudson Bay Watershed Skinning a snowshoe hare. Ponasking (broiling) a snowshoe hare over the coals.