History of Trade
The trading systems between First Nations people existed long before Europeans arrived. Through trade, many Nations were able to develop friendships, relationships, and alliances. First Nations people often traded with each other for resources such as food, plant seeds, clothing items, and art materials.
The practice of reciprocity was always customary. Reciprocity means showing equal respect and always returning something of equal value to the person.
Reciprocity means each person gets something of equal value in a trade.
The beaver pelt was very valuable to Europeans at the time. The reason the beaver pelt was very special was that it was waterproof. The Europeans used beaver pelts for waterproof hats and other clothing. The beaver glands (castors) were also valuable and used to make imitation vanilla for baking.
Beaver pelts were in high demand.