John Tanner’s story comes to us by the careful chronicles of Dr. Edwin James from the city of Sault Ste. Marie. There Tanner sat and relayed to the doctor the details of a life of survival, loneliness, and adventure. Dr. James listened, and scrolled with his pen the words that plainly and boldly described life among the Indians as had never before been noted. He told of dealings with the North West and the Hudson Bay companies, and he spoke of a man trapped between two worlds. Published in 1830, Dr. James’ written works have given us a rare glimpse into this age of the Fur Trade.