From 1919 to 1970, Olaf Hanson was a trapper, trader, prospector,game guardian, fisherman, and road blasting expert in northeasternSaskatchewan. 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 Hansonreveal the geography, wildlife, and natural history of the region aswell as the business and social interactions between people. The bookoffers a look at the vanished subsistence and commercial economy of theboreal forest, based on a fascinating personal story of courage andphysical 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.
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
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
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