Greg Rogers, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Maine
As fall begins it seems appropriate for a post relating to hunting. The regular archery season opens on October 2 in Maine, with regular firearm deer hunting starting about a month later. The politicization of hunting seems especially relevant as Maine voters will decide on Question Two in November, asking whether or not bait, traps, and dogs should be banned from bear hunting. In this post I touch on some of the ways that Indian hunting, particularly by the Iroquois, was intertwined with the goals of the French and British North American empires. It is a topic that will figure into my dissertation (I swear I will start writing any day now!) and one that is important to understanding the ways power, mobility, and knowledge were exercised in the northeastern borderlands.