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Fur Trade - Kids These Days (by furtradeband)

This song is adorable - so is the kid. In case you feel dull that you feel you’ve lost all your passion, revisit this.    

This young giraffe calf named Omo suffers from a genetic disorder called Leucism which makes her usually reddish coat appear a striking white. The condition (not to be confused with Albinism) is relatively common among other animals, particularly birds, but has never been documented in a wild giraffe before. Beautiful as she may be, rangers at the Tarangire National Park in Tanzania fear that Omo is at very high risk of being targeted by poachers. It’s likely that this innocent animal will live in constant danger of losing her life to heartless individuals only interested in making a profit.

Indigenous Women and the Fur Trade

Indigenous women in the fur trade have often played a very silent role in terms of the historic narrative. They often go nameless, with their main contributions being said to essentially be:
-Marrying fur traders and granting them access to kinship networks.
-Being the mothers and grandmothers to the Metis peoples. 
But this is not a good view of their important role in the fur trade, because it completely neglects a very distinct and important part of it: Agency. 
Indigenous women in the fur trade displayed in multiple ways their agency, which can be seen through the primary and secondary documents about this fur trade history.

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The Revenant Costume Designer Jacqueline West Explains The Impact Of Fashion On Gruesome Fur Trade

“I think we are still digging and cutting and extracting every natural resource we can. But I don’t know when we will understand that until we kill the last animal, and we eat the last fish, and we cut the last tree. We will [then] understand that we are not able to eat money.”
- Alejandro González Iñárritu

Here’s a beautiful piece from Iowa’s Fur Trade era.  This trade silver piece is a hair pipe, used to hold a lock of hair.  It’s from the Hudson’s Bay Company.  It is from the John Haltmeyer collection.  Haltmeyer, from the Dubuque area, was one of several early 20th century collectors whose collections we now have in our repository at the University of Iowa.  His collection includes trade silver pieces from Hudson’s Bay, Northwest, and other companies.

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A Traditional French-Canadian/Metis Rowing Song sung by:
Manuel Dauvin, Luc Dauvin and Jim Anderson

Loved this music and period of history (and geography) ever since that Ray Mears birchbark canoe episode.

From the repository, a small metal pendant with a beaver or squirrel image. This item was found during a surface collection of 13DB62 in Dubuque Co by Joe Tiffany, Larry Abbott, and company around 1981/82. They contacted experts from the Hudson’s Bay Company and American Fur Company for assistance with identification. The experts had seen nothing like it, leading to the suspicions that it may be a fake – or an item yet to be identified!