Lawrence Tobacco interview

Tobacco, Lawrence
Welsh, Christine
Snowsill, Tony
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Canadian Plains Research Centre

Lawrence Tobacco, born 1919, on the Poor Man Reserve, Saskatchewan He attended a residential school and is now involved in traditional education and counseling. He talks about farming and raising cattle on the Poor Man Reserve; shares a story of a trip he took to Winnipeg to sell cattle for a number of reserves in the File Hills area, and how Indian Affairs officials tried to bribe him with part of the proceeds of the sale; shares stories of defiance toward Dept. of Indian Affairs paternalism such as: butchering a cow without a permit; buying a tractor and establishing outside credit without a permit. He also shares his experiences in the Catholic residential school on the Muskowekan Reserve, 1926-1935.

38 p. transcript of an interview with Lawrence Tobacco conducted by Christine Welsh and Tony Snowsill on June 20, 1983. Tape number IH-124/IH-125a transcript disc 9.
Agriculture -- Cattle-raising, Agriculture -- Farming instructors, Agriculture -- Farming, Agriculture -- Gardening, Chiefs and chieftainship -- Election of, Children -- Raising of, Education -- Attitudes toward, Education -- And child labor, Education -- And cultural suppression, Education -- Day schools, Education -- Residential schools, Education -- Traditional, Indian Affairs, Department of -- Attitudes toward, Indian Affairs, Department of -- Indian agents, Indian Affairs, Department of -- Paternalism, Indian Affairs, Department of -- Permit system, Land -- Sale, Medicine and curing practices -- Faith, Non-Indians -- Duplicity of, Social organization -- Decision-making, Trade -- With non-Indians, Values, Values -- Honesty, Values -- Respect, Work -- Attitudes toward, Work -- Self-sufficiency