Thirty-five years ago, the Quebec government signed a landmark accord with indigenous peoples in the northern reaches of the province after it initiated the first of several large-scale hydroelectric projects in James Bay. Since then, the once-nomadic Cree of the region have undergone dramatic changes in their way of life. Today they reside in self-governed modern communities. But the bush and the traditions that evolved there remain central to their identity, as Eeyou Istchee: Land of the Cree so eloquently bears witness. This book is the most comprehensive photo essay ever produced on the Cree people of eastern James Bay. It features more than two hundred photographs by Louise Abbott and Niels Jensen, along with a trilingual text based largely on interviews with Cree residents. The sensitive images portray the annual cycle of activities among the Cree, including summer gatherings, the fall moose hunt, winter wellness journeys (or “winter walks,” as they’re often called), and the spring goose hunt. They also highlight the flora, fauna, and geography of Eeyou Istchee, as the Cree call their far-flung territory.