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Hard Times and Goog Times

“I don’t remember seeing any beaver when I was a child. The first time I saw one, I asked my father what it was. I thought it was a newborn puppy!”

- Hattie Moses.

The Depression of the 1930s coincided with a decline in most fur bearing and game animals, including beaver. To survive people depended on rabbits, partridge, fish and, sometimes, squirrel. Beaver preserves were eventually established throughout James Bay to restore and manage the beaver population.
 

Kaamisaach Yaatiwaakamii,  where Luke Mettaweskum  and his family stayed during  the time of the beaver  preserve. Bringing the family  to the community was  pointless since hunters who  didn’t have pelts to trade  left the post empty-handed.

Kaamisaach Yaatiwaakamii, where Luke Mettaweskum and his family stayed during the time of the beaver preserve. Bringing the family to the community was pointless since hunters who didn’t have pelts to trade left the post empty-handed.

George Cannashish  tells Nancy Voyageur  the story of the children  of Isaac Shanush, who  starved to death, in the  late 1930s, here at  Uuchikwaachikaanan

George Cannashish tells Nancy Voyageur the story of the children of Isaac Shanush, who starved to death, in the late 1930s, here at Uuchikwaachikaanan


And then the fun began!

Harry Moses and George Cannashish  with a beaver. Beaver were so  plentiful after the beaver preserves  that the people enjoyed many years  of successful hunting on their lands. Harry Moses and George Cannashish with a beaver. Beaver were so plentiful after the beaver preserves that the people enjoyed many years of successful hunting on their lands.


And then the fun began!

Harry Moses and George Cannashish with a beaver. Beaver were so plentiful after the beaver preserves that the people enjoyed many years of successful hunting on their lands.