1. ‘Muskrat French’: Origins of a Culture, a Language, and a People


    March 7, 2014 by LeVoyageur

    The following is a paper I have written on the topic of the French Canadian culture of the Detroit River …
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  2. M. Caroline Watson Hamlin and Detroit Folklore


    March 28, 2013 by LeVoyageur

    Note to readers: Those who follow my blog will know that this posting is a bit longer than usual and …
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  3. French Canadians in Michigan Today


    February 23, 2013 by LeVoyageur

    French Canadian culture is not as concentrated in Michigan as it is, for example, in Louisiana. This is a notion …
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  4. Black Voyageurs: African Americans in the Fur Trade


    January 18, 2013 by LeVoyageur

    Hundreds if not thousands of books and articles have been written on the North American fur trade which began when …
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  5. Emerging Metis Culture in Canadian Art


    December 18, 2012 by LeVoyageur

    Exploring the history of colonial North America, I have come across many images of voyageurs, coureur des bois, French Canadians, …
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  6. The Flying Canoe, La Chasse-Galerie, retold


    December 2, 2012 by LeVoyageur

    This French-Canadian folktale draws on both Native American legends and the European story of the Wild Hunt. A Winter tale, …
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  7. The Tree: Family Stories and Cultural Legacy


    November 21, 2012 by LeVoyageur

    There was a period of time, in my twenties, when I was eager to quash the stories that supposedly told …
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  8. Saint Kateri


    November 1, 2012 by LeVoyageur

    When Kateri Tekakwitha was beatified in 1980, the Catholic Church presented the world with the woman who would become the …
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  9. Growing Up French-Canadian


    April 17, 2012 by LeVoyageur

    LaForest Family

    It’s difficult, if not folly, to try to describe growing up ‘French-Canadian’ in Michigan in an era when there was, …
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  10. Liste de Noël / Christmas List Ideas for 2016

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    November 6, 2016 by LeVoyageur

    Originally posted on Voyageur Heritage:
    Christmas is just around the corner… To help in your gift-giving this year, Voyageur Heritage offers…

  11. The Fourth Branch: An Editorial


    October 22, 2016 by LeVoyageur

    by Mike LaForest “[We the People] of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, …
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  12. “Saint Kerouac” @ LeForum


    June 24, 2016 by LeVoyageur

    I am pleased to share my most recent writing, published on the University of Maine’s Le FORUM.



    June 10, 2016 by LeVoyageur

    Originally posted on Voyageur Heritage:
    A project is underway to have the local Detroit River Region pear trees known as the…