• Music played an important role in the daily life of the voyageurs, from songs to help keep time while paddling to entertaining each other at the end of a long workday.

Voyageurs in Camp for the Night

From Canoes: A Natural History in North America by Mark Neuzil and Norman Sims


  • Many of the tunes survive today, including the popular “Oh Shenandoah”, which may have originated with traders traveling the Missouri River—“across the wide Missouri.” Illustration by Frederic Remington.
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