I-20494 | Moose hunting, the return, Montreal, QC, 1866

Moose hunting, the return, Montreal, QC, 1866
William Notman (1826-1891)
1866, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Wet collodion process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Genre (188) , Photograph (77678)
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The famous photographer William Notman re-created in his studio, for documentary purposes, typical hunting scenes of the Huron-Wendat. This one shows a shelter and traditional hunting gear as well as accessories embroidered with moosehair (epaulets, knife sheath, etc.).

According to oral tradition in Wendake, the men on the extreme left, in the middle (kneeling) and on the extreme right of the photo represent three generations of François Gros-Louis: the grandson "Sassenio"; La Plume (kneeling); and the elder François Gros-Louis. The two other figures are clients of these Huron-Wendat hunting guides. Notman also re-created in studio a "fall cabin," a type of temporary shelter built by Huron-Wendat hunters. These slant-sided (half-triangle) shelters were often used at the time. Later (after 1875), Huron-Wendat shelters were square; built to last longer, they resembled log cabins.

  • What

    This is a studio reconstitution of a hunting scene and traditional camp with Huron-Wendat guides. The photograph is one in a series of six on moose hunting, all of which show "hunting cabins."

  • Where

    This scene was re-created in the Notman studio in Montreal. At the time it was common to re-create in a photography studio both interior and exterior scenes.

  • When

    This photo was taken by William Notman in 1866.

  • Who

    This work by the photographer William Notman (1826-1891) presents three generations of François Gros-Louis, famous hunter-trappers in Wendake, namely, François "Sassenio" Gros-Louis (grandson), on the left; François, nicknamed La Plume (murder victim) kneeling in the middle; and the patriarch, old François Gros-Louis, on the extreme right.