National Geographic : 1949 Oct
© National Geographic Society Painting by W. Langdon Kihn Such Was a Cree Spring Camp in 1860-70, When the Red Man Wrested a Livelihood from Virgin Forests The birch-bark tepees of the early days in northwest Manitoba have been replaced by canvas shelters and tents. Nowadays factory-made canoes supplant the hand made craft which the tribespeople in the painting were wont to build. The descendants of the old-time hunters stilltrap muskrats, but their methods have been com pletely modernized. On a recent visit the artist found that they retain few of their traditional customs and costumes. They were one ofthefirst tribes tosellfurs to the early European companies, and many of their women, noted for good looks, married French voyageurs.