Making sense of Michilimackinac

Making sense of Michilimackinac

Q: How DO you pronounce Michilimackinac? A: Here’s the short answer [so you won’t embarrass yourself in front of people who know]:                    (MISH-ə-lə-MACK-ə-naw) The area known to the Odawa Indians as Michilimackinac means “Big Turtle.” For...
My 5 fave books on the fur trade

My 5 fave books on the fur trade

Q: Where do you get accurate information? (Or do you just make this up?) Q: How do you know it’s true? I’m always on the lookout for new info. During the pandemic, I attended Zoom seminars, like on how voyageur sashes were made (George Washington wore one...
Who’s in André’s newest canoe?

Who’s in André’s newest canoe?

In Book 3, “Uncharted Waters” (IN THE PUBLISHING PHASE!!), André’s mission is to ferry a young boy to his father, not lugging trade goods. Unfortunately, he’s late and doesn’t get first pick of the voyageurs for his crew. Each one introduces himself,...
Eat like a voyageur — pea soup (Yum?)

Eat like a voyageur — pea soup (Yum?)

What voyageurs ate depended mostly on where they were — along the rivers, in the Great Lakes, at their wintering post or back home.  In the earliest days, Radisson, Champlain, Pond and other French-Canadian explorers and adventurers hunted and fished — and traded with...

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