Ancient Traders in Southern Manitoba - Melita
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N 49° 16.385 W 100° 59.507
14U E 355118 N 5459722
Quick Description: Plaque installed in 1989 in front of the Antler River Historical Museum.
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Date Posted: 5/24/2019 11:16:19 AM
Waymark Code: WM10KV5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Peter and Gloria
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Marker Name: Ancient Traders in Southern Manitoba

Agency: Manitoba Heritage Council Commemorative Plaques

Languages: English and French

Antler River Historical Museum 41 Ash Street Melita (Manitoba) R0M 1L0

Marker Text:
Native peoples of Manitoba established and used wide-ranging trade networks thousands of years before the arrival of European fur traders. Bands and trading parties brought goods over immense distances for exchange at a trade fair or rendezvous. A wide variety of goods, including ornaments and ritual objects made of special seashells such as dentalium from the Pacific Ocean and conch from the Gulf of Mexico, were exchanged in this area. Obsidian (volcanic glass), which produces the sharpest cutting edge ever known, came from Wyoming. Copper from Lake Superior, Knife River Flint from North Dakota, and catlinite (red pipestone) from southern Minnesota were also traded. Artifacts made from these rare materials were valuable economically and their exchange promoted social and political ties among neighbouring populations. LES COMMERÇANTS D'ANTAN DANS LE SUD DU MANITOBA Certains peuples autochtones du Manitoba ont établi et utilisé d'importants réseaux commerciaux plusieurs d'années avant l'arrivée des commerçants de fourrure européens. Des bandes et des petits groupes parcouraient d'immenses distances pour échanger des marchandises aux rendez-vous. Une grande variété de marchandises, y compris des ornements et des objets rituels fabriqués avec des coquillages spéciaux tels que le dentale, provenant de l'océan Pacifique et la conique, du golfe du Mexique, ont été échangées dans cette région. L'obsidienne (verre de lave), avec lequel on obtient le tranchant le plus aigu qui soit, provenait du Wyoming. Ont été également échangés le cuivre provenant du lac Supérieur, le silex de la rivière Knife au Dakota du Nord et le catlinite (pierre de pipe rouge) du Sud du Minnesota. Les objets fabriqués avec ces matériaux rares avaient une grande valeur économique et leur échange favorisait l'établissement de liens sociaux et politiques entre les populations voisines.

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