Before the actual fur trading begins

Before the actual fur trading begins

As it’s coming on wintry weather, did you ever wonder — What were the voyageurs doing 200 years ago in this season? But of course you did. By October they’d returned to their posts with loads of new goods from the rendezvous, ready to start trading. What...
How does an 1831 map help me?

How does an 1831 map help me?

Are you dying to know what the Ottawa River looked like 200+ years ago? I am. So this 1831 map from Montreal showing the route French-Canadian voyageurs followed on their way to the rendezvous is a real godsend. WOW! It helps me clarify what Andre needs to do at each...
The night sky from an Ojibwe perspective

The night sky from an Ojibwe perspective

Are you drawn to the night sky? I’ve read that stars and humans contain most of the elements, that we’ve received those elements through supernovas, so we are truly “star people.” Star Bill and Star Nikki enjoyed this summer’s spectacular NEOWISE...
Beaver pelts: 1 trapper, 1 post, 1 company, 1 year

Beaver pelts: 1 trapper, 1 post, 1 company, 1 year

After I recently wrote a blog post about Fun Facts about Beavers, I got to wondering: 1. How many pelts did a single Native trapper bring in? 2. How many packs of pelts did the winterers at a fur post bring to the rendezvous? 3.What was the yearly take for the fur...
Moccasins: A story on your feet

Moccasins: A story on your feet

“Hiding in a copse, the lad held his breath as a half-dozen warriors dashed past. He dare not move, seeing only their feet. Uh-oh! Not moccasins like the friendly Wyandottes wore! Enemies!” Two weeks later, in another book, “Hanta Yo, ”I read about an adept tracker...

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