Forestiers et voyageurs
, a novel by Joseph-Charles Taché (1863), is a unique blend of fact and fancy. It bridges the folktale and the episodic novel, humorously recounting the stories and adventures of "le père Michel," a typical Canadian VOYAGEUR
. Realistic descriptions of hunting and fishing with natives and with seigneurs develop into the narrative of Michel's escapades farther afield, helping the NORTH WEST COMPANY
defeat the HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY
traders. Both locales are nostalgically characterized as the sources of French and aboriginal legends and songs, which form part of the national heritage. Taché's manuscript, containing a wealth of etymological and anthropological lore, was serialized in LES SOIRÉES CANADIENNES
(1863) and Le Foyer domestique
(1878-79); it was first published as a book in 1884.
Links to Other Sites
International Year of Forests, 2011
The United Nations website for the International Year of Forests. 2011. Check out the calendar of international events and the latest news about the International Forest Film Festival.
Hudson's Bay Company: Heritage
This colourful HBC website documents over 300 years of company history. Features illustrated biographies of prominent personalities, an online art collection, e-books, historical games, timelines, interactive maps, and much more.