Beyond the area of language the Library also acquired the publications of several expedition and exploration reports, which were carried out by the Hudson Bay Society in the 18th and 19th centuries: Northern Quebec and Labrador Journals and Correspondence 1819-35 (call number: gsh 957:q/d19), James Isham's Observations on Hudson Bay, 1743, and Notes and Observations on a Book Entitled "A Voyage to the Hudson Bay in the Dobbs Gallery, 1749" (call number: gsh 957:q/i84); and Saskatchewan Journals and Correspondence (call number: gsh 957:q/j64). Along with geographic and ethnographic observations, these books also contain information about the plants and animals in the middle of Canada.
An especially magnificent example is the First Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution 1879/80 (call number: R 56/1322-1), which was commissioned by congress. The 603 page long report contains a complete description of the customs and manners of the Native North Americans, with an emphasis on death and burial rituals - probably due to the exoticism of the rituals: burial, mummification, cremation, mortuary chambers, scaffolding and tree burials, and canoe burials are not just described, but also impressively illustrated with drawings and full-page lithographs!
There is also a lot of space devoted to illustrations of the sign language that Native Americans used to communicate with others Native Americans who did not speak their language, so that none of the languages dominated.
Dr. Peter Christoph Wagner