The Crane Indians

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The Northwestern Ontario Indians of the North Caribou Lake Band at Weagamow Lake have been known by the name of Crane Indians for 150 to 200 years.

During the first years of the nineteenth century, the group name "Cranes" was born to denote the 16 or more sons and some sons-in-law of an Indian called Crane, a family that had been making a notable reputation for itself.

In 1804, Crane and 14 grown sons and 3 sons-in-law formed a cohesive trading group. Whether or not they hunted together through winter as a single group is not revealed but we see them acting as a bargaining unit in the fur trade business.

The sheer numbers in this family and their collective youth, daring and competence in the time of the most intense fur trade rivalry made them both sought after and feared. This they quickly put to advantage, learning early the art of remaining masters in their own lands, a situation that continued right up to their signing a treaty with the government in 1930 and to the present.

Their lands were the most remote from trading routes and they appear in the annals of posts as the "far away Indians". The descendants of the Crane's now reside in the North Caribou Lake Band area, including Weagamow lake, North Caribou Lake and Windigo Lake. Please refer to the map below . . .

Crane Territory
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