Labrador and Anticosti. Travel Journal, History, Topography, Canadian and Acadian Fishermen, Montagnais Indians


Labrador et Anticosti. Journal de voyage, histoire, topographie, pêcheurs canadiens et acadiens, indiens montagnais (Labrador and Anticosti. Travel journal, history, topography, Canadian and Acadian Fishermen, Montagnais Indians) is the account, illustrated by many photographs, of a two-month journey in the region known today as Côte-Nord, undertaken by churchman and naturalist Victor-Alphonse Huard (1853–1929) in 1895. This vast area is located in Quebec, a few hundred kilometers northeast of Quebec City. During his travels, Huard developed relationships with elders, lighthouse keepers, missionaries, and other people he met that allowed him to write the histories of the communities with which he came into contact. Huard also devoted a large section of his book to the life of the Innu, a Native American people also known as Montagnais, who have lived in the area for thousands of years. The book offers technical descriptions of cod, salmon, herring, and sea-bass fishing, as well as game hunting, and offers a unique perspective on the populations and economic activities of this peripheral region. The book contains a detailed table of contents and a fold-out map of the region of Labrador and Anticosti. Huard was a Roman Catholic priest, professor, school administrator, naturalist, author, editor, and museum curator. As a scholar he was known primarily as a natural scientist who wrote numerous books and articles in entomology and other fields.

Last updated: March 30, 2016