Photo of the Week: Teepees and Forts

I grew up in a town called Rocky Mountain House (I can’t make that up). The house section of the name actually refers to the word fort or also trading house. It was just outside my hometown where Canada’s First Nation people traded with the Hudson Bay Trading Company, among others. Rocky Mountain House was meant to be the gateway to the Canadian Rockies, however the meld between Native Canadians and Europeans grew strained because of the trade. Guns were traded to the first nations people, who turned them on each other in local wars. The “white man” was blamed and David Thompson, whose life was at risk, was force to seek out a new “gateway to the rockies.” The above picture is taken from the Historical Site in Rocky Mountain House, where teepees and forts still mingle today.

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