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.
  • History
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  • ca. 1890s
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  • 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.