Northern Rover
224 pages, 6 x 9
Paperback
Release Date:01 Mar 2008
ISBN:9781897425015
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Northern Rover

The Life Story of Olaf Hanson

Athabasca University Press

From 1919 to 1970, Olaf Hanson was a trapper, trader, prospector, game guardian, fisherman, and road blasting expert in northeastern Saskatchewan. He told his life story to popular Saskatchewan author A. L. Karras, who wrote this memoir in the 1980s.

In an uncompromising, straightforward style, Karras and Hanson reveal the geography, wildlife, and natural history of the region as well as the business and social interactions between people. The book offers a look at the vanished subsistence and commercial economy of the boreal forest, based on a fascinating personal story of courage and physical stamina.

Olaf Hanson's colourful, encouraging, and at times tragic story teaches us valuable lessons still today, nearly 30 years after A.L. Karras assembled this work from Hanson’s own weathered notes and vibrant memory. Anthony G. Gulig, Department of History, University of Wisconsin
Arthur L. Karras authored the classic Saskatchewan books North to Cree Lake: The Rugged Lives of the Trappers Who Leave Civilization Behind and Face the North Wind. This manuscript came to light after his death in 1999.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Preface

1 Road to Learning

2 Forest Ranger

3 From Poacher to Game Guardian

4 Bear Cubs

5 Hardships and Happy Days

6 Commercial Fisherman

7 Fur Trader

8 Struggle for Survival in Flin Flon

9 Jan Lake, 1923-33

10 The Wandering Trappers

11 No Pot of Gold

12 At the Rainbow's End

13 In Rockbound Country

14 Reindeer Lake to Lynn Lake

15 Lady Prospector

16 The Hanson Lake Road

Epilogue

 Index

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