Pimicikamak Cree Territory:
Central Manitoba, north of Lake Winnipeg.
L G O N Q U I A N CREE ROCKY
Pimicikamak Cree Population
Canada (2020) - 9,000
1744 map, linked to just above, indicates how the first encounter
with the French voyageurs might have occurred. The Quebecois
started by saying "We are the French, who are you?"
To which the First Nations persons replied, "We are the
the Quebecois only heard "The Pemc" and the rest they
could not comprehend. However, being knowlegeable, one voyageur
concluded that these people were, in fact, the Panis (Pawnee
in English), or the "White Pawnee" to be precise, as
they lived in snowy regions! Maybe he had previously enountered
the real Pawnee on another voyage in the portion of France's
Louisana Territory now known as Nebraska!
Ah but, you have to give the
Voyageurs a little bit of credit. Unlike subsequent generations,
they at least recognized that the Pimicikamak Cree were "different"
from the adjacent West Mushkegowuk (Swampy) Cree. The Pimicikamak
Cree are not on any of the other old maps in my extensive collection.