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...
Don’t leave it to the beavers

Don’t leave it to the beavers

“What’s that terrible odor?” we asked ourselves while biking past the nearby Sauk River. We gingerly investigated: a roadkill beaver. Encrusted in flies, this one had died a day or more earlier. Is it ironic that this is the first almost-live beaver...
Why did so many voyageurs come from Sorel?

Why did so many voyageurs come from Sorel?

If you have voyageurs in your French-Canadian ancestry, some of your forebears may be from Sorel. The hamlet provided many engages for the fur trade, actually. Why? Did some towns send more of their sons than others? And what attracted the men to doing such hard labor...
17+ voyageur events to ‘visit’ this summer

17+ voyageur events to ‘visit’ this summer

Don’t you just want to get outside these days? Plan something unique, historical, interactive and FUN fun this summer? Festivals feature voyageurs and Ojibwe at rendezvous or historical events with foods, crafts, re-enactors, classes, cultural displays. Visit a...
Vomits & Purges: Medicine in the voyageur era

Vomits & Purges: Medicine in the voyageur era

Has your concern during the pandemic COVID-19 made you curious about what medical remedies voyageurs used? It piqued my interest. Here’s what I found about their “physick.” “3 purges & 3 vomits” for whatever ails you By age 17, George Nelson was...

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