Voyageurs Give Glimpse Into Michigan's History 6-16-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Voyageurs Give Glimpse Into Michigan's History 6-16-2010

The Saginaw Voyageurs are giving the public a unique glimpse into the past.
The group is reenacting how fur traders traveled the Great Lakes.
Using canoes built the same way early pioneers did, the Voyageurs launched Wednesday morning from the Gordonville Road boat launch in Midland.
They’re making their way through Saginaw County on the Saginaw and Tittabawassee rivers.
The canoe the group uses is a replica of a birch bark counterpart used by explorers and traders in the 17th and 18th centuries.
The canoe is 34 feet long, five feet wide and can hold up to 16 men.
Participants wear period dress, complete with moccasins and Indian necklaces.
Wednesday night the group will camp at the Lee Street boat launch in Saginaw.
That camp is open to curious visitors.
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