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The Cypress Hills: An Island by Itself

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Walter Hildebrandt and Brian Hubner

184 pages, 5 maps, 27 photographs, index, bibliography, 6 x 9, paper, spring 2007
ISBN 978-1895830-309





1: The Cypress Hills and their People
    The Hills
    The People

2: The Buffalo and the Fur Trade
    The Buffalo
    The HBC and the Fur Trade to 1870
    Indian Women in the Fur Trade

3: Whoop-Up Country
    The American Traders
    The Trading Cycle

4: The Cypress Hills Massacre
    The Personalities
    The Massacre
    The Aftermath

5: Fort Walsh and the NWMP
    The Fort Established
    The Life of the Mounties

6: Treaties and Reservations
    The Prairies in Transition
    The Downstream People and Treaty 4
    Sitting Bull and the Dakota in Canada

7: The Nakoda
    The Nakoda and the Hills
    The Nakoda and Treaty 4
    The Cypress Hills Reserve 1879-82
    The Relocation of the Nakoda from the Cypress Hills
    The Indian Head Reserve

8: The Modern Age
    Reserve Life
    The Nekaneet Band
    Aboriginal Women on the Reserve
    The Ranching Era
    Fort Walsh National Historic Site

About the Authors

“A warm place in the north that is an island by itself” is how the Nakoda people described the Cypress Hills.

With an abundance of buffalo, other game, and lodge pole pine, the hills, straddling the Alberta/Saskatchewan/United States border, were a natural gathering point for First Nations and Métis peoples. Their presence drew the Hudson Bay Company and American free traders, whiskey traders, and wolfers. The presence of the latter two groups led to a clash of cultures culminating in the 1873 Cypress Hills massacre, an armed ambush of a Nakoda camp by a group of drunken wolfers and whiskey traders, killing men, women, and children. This event brought the Northwest Mounted Police to maintain peace in the west, and led to the creation of Fort Walsh, today a national historic site. And it was to Wood Mountain, just east of the Hills, that Sitting Bull and his followers fled after defeating Lt. Col. Custer in the Battle of Little Big Horn. 

History is not static. Building on the success of their earlier work, The Cypress Hills: The Land and its People, authors Walter Hildebrandt and Brian Hubner revisit the hills and bring new and updated material to this book. While portions remain the same as the original book, new information about the Nakoda peoples and the Métis, as well as modern revelations, are added plus 19 additional photographs and images.

At last, now, there is a true, fairly comprehensive history for us to read. Not only scholars will be grateful, but also, all of us who have made our lives here… [We] owe a debt of gratitude to Walter Hildebrandt and Brian Hubner for undertaking this work…”                        Sharon Butala, from the foreword.

Walter Hildebrandt is an established author, publisher, and historical researcher. Brian Hubner is a writer, and an archivist with the University of Manitoba. Both have worked at Fort Walsh National Historic Site. 

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