Women of
             the
             Fur Trade
      Women of the Fur Trade                   
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At Last,These silent voices of
 women from
the Wilderness will be heard!




Who were the women of the fur trade?

    Here is the advice given to Kit Carson by   the 
    old Mountaineer, "Blackfoot",  Smith:  
    'Valgame  Dios!  Your shanty is a pore make-
     out  compared to this hyar Injun Lodge.
     Leaky and cold and open to the weather,
     and whar's the fire when you come in at night
     half froze for a hot kettle of soup?...Why
     should you freeze all winter like a starvin'
    coyote?... Its time you womaned Kit, and 
    that's a fact."

 

    "Maybe you're thinking of some sickly gal from 
     the settlements, thin as a rail and pale as a 
     ghost, pretty as a pitcher and so fufurraw
     she's good for nothin'. Maybe so you've sot
     you're eyes on some wench to Taos or Santy
     Fee. Do you hear now? Leave the pale face
     gal to them that knows no better. Put out and
     trap a squaw, and the sooner the better."

 

     "What a mountain man wants is an Injun
     woman-one who can pack a mule, make
     meat, dress robes, make moccasins, cook,
     pitch a lodge, ride all day and then give birth
     to a likely young 'un after sundown. Look at
     me, Kit. I'm warm, I'm comfortable, I'm
     happy as a bear in winter quarters, with the
     old gal settin' hyar beside me. When I come
     home at night, froze stiff with cold and
     starvin', I can see the big old yeller lodge all lit
     up like a lantern among the pines, and I know
     when I go in, thar the old gal will be, with a
     good fire burning and the kettle steamin'...My 
     old gal is some, she is. I wouldn't swap her  
     for all the beaver in Bent's big lodge. She kin 
    make a home for me whever grass grows, 
     and ye can lay kin to that!"


   Founding Members

 

                             About us:

     Our purpose is to encourage
     research, learning, teaching and the
     preservation of the history and skills of the
     women of the fur trade era. Emphases are
     placed on women who were married to or
     associated with the mountaineer trapper. At
     last, these silent voices of women from the
     wilderness will be heard by the general public!
     Women like Marie Dorian, Mountain Lamb,
     Sacajewa, Pine Leaf, Watkuweis of the Nez
     Perce, and others whose names and stories
     have been lost to history.

 

 

 

 

 

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