The bronzes Algonquins and Fisherman with a Spear were the result of a prestigious commission for the entrance and fountain of the Parliament Building in Quebec City. By July 1888, in his Paris studio, Hébert had begun working on the large clay model of an Abenaki family (known as A Halt in the Forest), which is the basis for the reduced Algonquins. In August 1889, he won a bronze medal for this work at the Exposition universelle in Paris – a first for a Canadian artist. In October, he undertook the full-size model of Fisherman with a Spear. Both works were presented at the Salon des Artistes Français in 1890.