The Red River Cart
C.W. Jefferys' notes about this picture from The Picture Gallery of Canadian History Volume 2
No iron was used. The frame was held together with wooden pegs. The tires were bound round with strips of "shagannappi", raw fresh skin of buffalo or cattle, which as it dried, shrank & held them tightly, forming a hard & durable rim. These carts followed the Metis hunting parties & carried the meat of the slain buffalo. They were also employed in transporting freight. Sometimes they were fitted with a round-topped hood of hide or canvas.
Paterson, Gilbert. Canada From the Earliest Times to the Present. Toronto, Ryerson Press, 1933. 233 p. Illus. p. 109 - “The Red River Cart”
Paterson, Gilbert. The Story of Britain and Canada. Toronto, Ryerson, 1933, 233 p. Illus. p. 109 - “The Red River cart”
Chafe, J.W. assisted by Shack, Sybil. Early Life in Canada. Toronto, Ryerson Press, 1943. 135 p. Illus. p. 6 - “Red River carts”
- Jefferys, Charles W. (1945) The Picture Gallery of Canadian History Volume 2, p.177
- Encyclopedia Canadiana. Toronto, Grolier, 1957-1958. 10 v. Illus. v.8, p. 427 - “Red River cart” [redrawn from CWJ]