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Le chien

  Some questions about the usage of dogs by canadiens and fur trade employees has come up in a conversation and I figured a quick blog posting would be the easiest way to share some information.  This will not be an article proper but more of a regurgitation of information, especially images, that I happen to have handy and in a digital format.  This is FAR from a complete listing of quotes or images and is...

Tipi living

I am an owner of a tipi… I never suspected that I would be, and for the first decade or so of reenacting; I had always viewed them as something far more Plains Indian and inappropriate/historically incorrect for what I do.  For a variety of reasons, I have changed my attitude toward this, and when my Uncle Ken mentioned that he had a tipi that he was looking to get rid of; I knew I wanted it.  A big thanks to Uncle...

The Humble Tumpline pt. III

I know… part three… really?   I was recently looking over the first two parts of this blog series (part I  and part II) and realized (and am ashamed) that I did not include much information on the use of tumplines by women.  I did mention that many of these tumplines were made by women, but I should really emphasis that for native women in the Americas, this was a major way of hauling burdens.  From rolled up...