An Honest, Genial and Kindly People

Adrian Paton


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“An honest, genial and kindly people.” This phrase, which was written in a journal by Cecil Le Mesurier, an early settler in southeast Saskatchewan, is used to describe the Indigenous people he interacts with in the area. Within this book you will find a collection of historic photographs from the turn of the century, displaying stunning images of the First Nations people that Le Mesurier describes.

Adrian K. Paton, curator of the South Saskatchewan Photo Museum, has been collecting photos for decades. In his first book, Paton shares many historical and compelling images of Indigenous people that he has compiled over the years. He recounts stories told to him by his Indigenous friends and connects them to the photos chosen for this book, weaving the oral and the visual history together.