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Laws of the Hunt (1840)

The text below is known as “The Laws of the Hunt”. These laws were meant to govern the Métis’ bison hunts.

  1. No buffalo to be run on the Sabbath day.
  2. No party to fork off, lag behind, or go before, without permission.
  3. No person, or party to run buffalo before the general order.
  4. Every captain with his men, in turn, to patrol the camp, and keep guard.
  5. For the first trespass against these laws, the offender to have his saddle and bridle cut up.
  6. For the second offence, the coat to be taken off the offender’s back, and be cut up.
  7. For the third offence, the offender to be flogged.
  8. Any person convicted of theft, even to the value of a sinew, to be brought to the middle of the camp, and the crier to call out his or her name three times, adding the word “Thief,” at each time.

Reference:

Ross, Alexander. The Red River Settlement. Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers, 1972.

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