One Great Read about Red Voyageur Sashes

One Great Read about Red Voyageur Sashes

A few days back I blogged about red voyageur sashes, though they came in many colors — the sash was the most defining piece of a voyageur’s apparel. Wearing a bright sash was a useful and stylish part of voyageur clothing. In Chapter 2 of “Treacherous Waters,”...
Cricket cuisine? Really?

Cricket cuisine? Really?

The March-April 2018 issue of the Minnesota Conservation “Volunteer” magazine had a surprising article in “Crunch Goes the Cricket” — insects as a potential, sustainable and nutritious food source. They are packed with protein. (If only my starving voyageur characters...
5 Surprise Facts About ‘Point’ Blankets

5 Surprise Facts About ‘Point’ Blankets

A “point” blanket (one with short lines of thread stitched into one side, called “points”) is what we now call a Hudson’s Bay blanket. But: Hudson’s Bay Company wasn’t the first to introduce the point blanket. Point blankets were commonly...
Why do voyageurs and the fur trade draw you?

Why do voyageurs and the fur trade draw you?

It’s in my blood—I’m descended from voyageurs. Mom found listings of a dozen engagés, or canoemen, through genealogy research into her French-Canadian roots. My grandfather, a younger son of a younger son of a voyageur, told of his connection: His great...
More "wild" proteins

More "wild" proteins

I have a few more thoughts for my characters to get wild protein (from the U.S. Army Survival Manual): All trails lead to water. Trails may be marked with animal droppings and trampled terrain. Birds: Flocks of birds will circle over waterholes. Some birds fly to...
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