Die Stromschnellen von St Marie (The Rapids Of St Mary), Frank Buchser, 1868
By kind permission of the Kunsthaus Art Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
This website was created by teacher Peter White for the Algoma District School Board
Athanasie was the daughter of an Anishnaabe Chief.
Fur traders often married the daughter of a chief.
It was an arrangement that meant good trading terms for the tribe and good access to the best furs for the trader.
You might wonder about whether the couple were in love. That was not so important in these days, either in Europe or Turtle Island (this is what the Anishnaabe call North America).
It's hard for us to believe today but marriages were often arranged in these times.
Would you let your parents decide who you will marry? Why or why not?