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    "Runners of the woods" was an French-Canadian who traveled in New France and the interior of North. Early fur trade era this meant circumventing the normal channels by going deeper into the wilderness to trade. Later it involved trading without permission from the French authorities. They ventured into hostile Iroquois territory to trade various European items for furs, especially beaver pelts, and learned the trades and practices of the Native people who inhabited there.

    "LONE TRAPPER" by Alfredo RodrIguez. A bearded, grizzled old mountain man is an invention of writers and popular culture. Most mountain men during the days of the Rocky Mt. Fur Trade, 1824-1849, were very young - between 19-23 years of age. About the oldest man in the mts during that period was David Jackson who was in his 40s. Only young men could withstand the hard year-round life in the mountains. However, I love the depiction and all of Alfredo's work.

    An old Hudson's Bay Company trading post. The Hudson's Bay Company was started in 1670 along the James and Hudson Bays. Natives would barter furs for trade goods such as knives, beads, needles and blankets. HBC company is in their 4th Century of retail and still going strong.


    Soldier Compagnie Franches de la Marine in Winter Clothing. The hooded coat worn by both the French and Indians is based on a fisherman's coat, it was adapted by Canadians and tailored to look quite stylish. Usually made of melton and unlined it could be blue, brown or grey/white like this one. Sometimes they were issued so a uniform colour is possible.

    Coureur des bois and Iroquois Chief

    "The Howling" Fur Trade Era Mountain Man Rendezvous Balck Powder muzzleloader rifle Paintings by John Phelps

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    The Apache - Smithsonian Institution, via Flickr ~by Edward S. Curtis

    Fur Trader

    Until the mid-60s, the Aborigines came under the Flora And Fauna Act, which classified them as animals, not human beings. This also meant that killing an Aborigine meant you weren’t killing a human being, but an animal.

    Fur trade cargo. MUS OF FUR TRADE

    Museum of the Fur Trade

    Shawnee powder horn. MUS OF FUR TRADE

    Assiniboine man, Montana, ca. 1890-1891.Traditionally Assiniboine people were semi-nomadic. During the warmer months, they followed the herds of bison for hunting—preserving the meat for winter. They hunted on horseback using bow and arrows. The tribe is known for its excellent horsemanship. They first obtained horses by trading with the Blackfeet & the Gros Ventre tribes. They did a considerable amount of trading with European traders in the fur trade

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    Coureur des bois folklorique by Vorace-Art.devian... on @deviantART - A popular romanticized image of Canada's historical fur traders. However, there are a few problems here, as pointed out by the artist (in French). First, the First Nations these men traded with tended to be clean-shaven, so it was likely the traders would adapt their appearance to fit in. Secondly, leather clothing was stiff and tended to get heavy when wet - NOT good when most of the trade routes involved river travel!

    Made by me... I use to do reenactments of the Fur Trade Era.. I made my own clothes and accouterments.. Smoked brain tanned elk hide and glass seed beads.

    Antique book about young Fur Trade Adventures

    A misconception about mountain men was that they were loners,wandering the wilderness detached from the outside world.These men were there to make money.The fur trade was booming, trapping could be very profitable for someone with the know-how equipment.Beaver pelts, the most in demand,fetched as much as $6/lb.Trapping was not easy nor was it cheap.The initial investment in gear supplies was more than most men could part with,leaving trappers one option: a fur trading co.

    Mountain Man Plains Indian Fur Trade Beads Pictures History Facts-Indian horse bandolier.