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Wednesday, April 18, 2018:  
The Brainerd Public Library (Kitchigami Regional Library System) offers free information/educational programs. 
On this day, historian and storyteller David Popilek of Two Harbors, MN, portrayed fur trader
Jacques La Christian.
His talk was titled "Legends of the Wilderness"... the life of fur traders in the 1700's and 1800s. 
Indians in Canada and the United States trapped beaver and then sold/traded the furs to traders from Europe.
Jacques was dressed as a
who transported furs by canoe to trading posts. 
The green belt was used to aid in lifting heavy loads of beaver skins by preventing hernias. 

Beaver pelts were the driving force behind this trade.
Very interesting.  Jacques' boots have a knife for use along trails and for defense. 
His hat is made of beaver skin.  These hats were very popular, especially in Europe at the time.

A replica of a flintlock pistol from the late 1700s.  There is copper strip innately inlaid in the wooden stock. 
Of course, there was always the threat of running into a bear!  Fortunately this one was subdued.  Life had it's hazards back then.

Quote of the day:    Always something to learn.   Mark    < Back to previous story Ahead to next story >

Questions, Comments?  Email Mark Persons  teki@mwpersons.com

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