Prior to the 1850s, sparse groups of Algonkin
peoples and lumber camps were present in the area.
Le Surfacing de Atwood entraine les lecteurs, par-dela la quete du pere, dans la profondeur de la prehistoire americaine que l'auteure restitue a travers la figure de l'Amerindien algonkin
, a travers aussi l'esprit des chamanes, et des esprits de la nature qui ont sans doute entraine dans la mort le pere de la narratrice.
51) Having symbolically removed the real native populations from their ancestral homelands, Hahn could claim to explore "primeval forest where no human had ever set foot" around Lake Nipissing (the hunting grounds of the Ojibwa and Algonkin
tribes) and to speak of virgin soil awaiting human cultivation.
Conway 1989 "An Ethno-Archaeological Study of Algonkin
Rock Art in Northeastern Ontario, Canada", Ontario Archaeology 49:43-59.
My own river, the Ottawa, was the centre of the Algonkin
people's world; indeed, its watershed was their political and cultural region.