Agnes Corston wasn’t positive she would stay lengthy sufficient to see her reminiscences and tales in print.
The Moose Cree elder is considered one of a number of whose oral historical past of the James Bay neighborhood was recorded over the previous few a long time for the brand new e-book The Individuals of the Moose River Basin.
It began within the early Nineteen Nineties as a part of an surroundings evaluation settlement for a hydro dam deliberate for the Mattagami River and was only in the near past launched.
Corston’s tales stretch again a lot additional to how her household lived off the land when she was a toddler, spending many of the yr in bush camps plucking the geese her father shot and saving the feathers for pillows.
“These have been the happiest occasions of my life,” she says.
“It would give them the story of how we used to stay a very long time in the past.”
Stan Louttit, one of many 5 co-authors, says the e-book can be offered to James Bay colleges, however he is additionally hoping to get it into the palms of scholars in cities and cities that now stand in conventional Moose Cree territory.
“Present an Indigenous historical past that’s not actually well-known,” he says.
“Hopefully it should present an actual opener to study that earlier than these cities existed within the north, there was an Indigenous presence right here.”
Morning North11:07New e-book particulars the historical past of the folks of the Moose River