The fur trade in 17 ‘P’ words

The fur trade in 17 ‘P’ words

Get your stopwatch — how many ‘P” words that describe the fur trade can you name quickly? Kudos if you get more than 5 and a gold star if you think of 10. Well, actually there’s more than 17. Then compare your tally to this unofficial list....
21 voyageur books to hook younger readers

21 voyageur books to hook younger readers

Wondering what books to offer your youngsters to read over the cold winter? Here are a batch I’ve appreciated for their thorough information and enjoyed for their story.Just in time for someone’s Christmas stocking. In alpha order by book title — so...
Visiting the voyageurs’ highway — Crane Lake

Visiting the voyageurs’ highway — Crane Lake

What totally inspires wanna-be voyageurs like me? The impressive lakes of the north woods, of course. Bill and I were fortunate to be on those amazing waters that were part of the voyageurs’ highway. We were invited to spend a September weekend on Bear Island of Crane...
Lobsticks — guides for voyageurs, then and now

Lobsticks — guides for voyageurs, then and now

Me: Lobsticks?? Um, what are “lobsticks”? A: Tall spruce or pine trees with lower branches sheared, trees that were “lopped off.” Me: Okay, I get the word. But why did they do that? A: A lobstick helped a fictional voyageur brigade find the right channel to a lake....
Digging into the Voyageurs’ World

Digging into the Voyageurs’ World

When I needed info on pensions for infirm canoemen, where could I find it? Luckily, a book by Carolyn Podruchny had just enough online to answer my question — and more. Her “Making the Voyageur World: Travelers and Traders in the North American Fur Trade” had much to...

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