A Waterloo County Album: Glimpses of the Way We Were by Stephanie Kirkwood Walker

By Stephanie Kirkwood Walker

A photographic background of the associated towns of Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge, with pictures from as early as 1880.

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Generally these shortages were localized and of short duration. To cope with them, the Native peoples developed a number of effective strategies. Within bands, close kin felt obliged to help each other in times of need, sharing surpluses with their relatives without receiving an immediate return. " Because sharing was considered a duty, the hoarding of personal wealth was regarded as antisocial, and leaders were expected to exhibit great generosity. In direct contrast to the Europeans, a northern Native person gained status by giving rather than by accumulating.

As with village councils, all tribal councillors were of equal rank, but only one acted as a spokesman for the group. Each tribal councillor had certain hereditary responsibilities, such as protecting the trade routes of his lineage. Tribal councils were chiefly concerned with inter-village and inter-tribal affairs. Overarching the tribal councils was the Confederacy, which apparently included all the members of the respective tribal councils. The Huron Confederacy attempted to maintain friendly relations among its five tribes, and co-ordinated trade and military affairs.

Note their "Europeanized" faces. An 1823 coloured lithograph after a drawing by Lieutenant Robert Hood. many Native groups moved up to several hundred miles on their annual rounds and often depended upon very different resources as the seasons changed, a summer glimpse alone, or a winter one for that matter, provided an unbalanced picture. Today, this has sometimes led to conflicting conclusions about where many Native groups lived and on what resources they depended. No longer are debates on these points merely of academic interest; Aboriginal and treaty rights claims often hinge on interpretations of these early records.

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