Jean Barman has written extensively on the history of the Pacific Northwest. Among her publications are The West beyond the West: A History of British Columbia (3rd edition, University of Toronto Press, 2007); French Canadians, Furs, and Indigenous Women in the Making of the Pacific Northwest (UBC Press, 2014), and Leaving Paradise: Indigenous Hawaiians in the Pacific Northwest (University of Hawai’i Press, 2006), co-authored with Bruce McIntyre Watson. She is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia, recipient of Washington State Historical Society’s Charles Gates Award jointly with Bruce Watson, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Hawaiians in the Oregon Country
Native Hawaiians were among the earliest outsiders in present-day Oregon. The future state’s first resource to be exploited by outsiders was animal pelts, highly valued for trimming garments and making hats. Prevailing winds meant that ships heading to Oregon for that purpose routinely stopped in the Hawaiian Islands, also known …
Marie Dorion (1790?–1850)
A woman of Sioux and, more particularly, Iowa descent, Marie Dorion, by birth Marie L’Ayvoise, was a member of the Wilson Price Hunt expedition, which established the earliest fur trade post in the Pacific Northwest. Once we accord Indigenous women agency, rather than seeing them as victims of larger forces …