Sons of the Voyaguer

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The voyaguers of the 17th-19th centuries in North America were hired canoemen. Primarily of French or mixed French Canadian/Native American origin, they paddled large freight canoes made of birch bark through the wilderness. They moved trade goods and furs, primarily beaver, for large fur trading companies doing commerce with Native Americans.

Waterways were the primary travel routes in an era devoid of roads, and as they paddled the Great Lakes and other interior waterways they sang. They sang to keep their paddles in rhythm and for entertainment. They sang old songs from France and as the fur trade era wore on they created their own songs, sometimes completely original and sometimes by modifying an old songís chorus and rhythm to suit paddling.


Title Genre Level Price
Three Voyageur Songs (TTBB) Choral INT $2.25

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