Albino Beaver Skin; Indigenous Peoples, North America card

Albino Beaver Skin; Indigenous Peoples, North America

On display


This rare albino beaver skin was brought to Colonel DePeyster by an indigenous tribesman, believed to be Anishinabe, who had intended to kill him. The Colonel wrote an account of how he came by the beaver skin. The original hand written note is also in the King’s Regiment Collection, although now it is too delicate to be displayed. This is a transcript of the Colonel’s account: “In the year 1777. Mr Joseph Ainse, The Indian Interpreter at Milchilimakinack (sec), informed Colonel De Peyster, then Major to the Kings Regt. and Commandant of that post, situated at the confluence of the Lakes Huron, & Michigan; that an Indian had been seen standing for several days at the corner of the store house, who had just informed him, that he had been directed by a spirit in the form of an Amik-Wabuscaw * White Beaver; (Whilst slumbering in the Great Beaver Island) - to take his stand there and kill the Commandant as he passed... but, finding his heart fail to give the fatal blow, he begged to be sent out of that part of the Country. Which the Commandant refused, but ordered him to go to the Island and fetch him the White Beaver which the Indian accordingly did. And, this is the skin of it. * The only white one ever seen in that part of the country At. De Peyster “