Saturday, August 06, 2005
Lower Fort Garry
Ok--today we hit Lower Fort Garry. It was in the low 30's (Celsius) and baking hot. It is a great tourist attraction first developed by the Hudson Bay Company back in the mid 1800s.
I am constantly amazed by how people survived back then, no roads, no supermarkets, thick dresses and all that etiquette :)
I was admiring the embroidery on this old buckskin jacket--can you see it? And it was so clean looking, even though the leather was a bit stained. Does anyone know if the native people had glass beads before the Europeans arrived??? Gorgeous work.
And here is the fur room--completely politically incorrect in the UK, but the basis of survival and the economy in those early days of North America. Kind of creepy though, all those beautiful dead hides hanging around.