Insightful Exploration: An Early Explorer's Perspective on Western Aboriginals
Lethbridge Undergraduate Research Journal
Arguably one of the greatest cartographers in Canadian history, David Thompson has been widely praised for his contributions to the study of geography. Though less acclaimed, his interaction with the Natives of the Canadian West has been equally significant, contributing to a greater historical understanding of the Native peoples of North America. In examining his understanding of the Native people he encountered and his desire to learn about their heritage, one is presented with a picture of the respect Thompson held towards the aboriginals and the awareness of their distinct culture. In relating to Western Natives, Thompson exemplifies the understanding which is so desperately needed in the realm of present day political discourse between government and aboriginal leaders.
Indigenous peoples -- Canada
Barnard, Stuart (2006). Insightful Exploration: An Early Explorer's Perspective on Western Aboriginals. Lethbridge Undergraduate Research Journal, 2(1).