Word of the week…hivernant

Word of the Week…en Français

hivernant /ivɛʀnɑ̃, ɑ̃t/ (masculine noun)

A voyageur who, after gaining enough experience in the fur trade, spent winters in the wilderness. A wintering voyageur with the extensive knowledge needed to survive harsh winters in the wilderness. A voyageur who spent winters engaging culturally with Indian tribes, particularly Cree and Ojibwe, often marrying into those tribes. As such, the hivernants can be considered the progenitors of the metis peoples as well as masters of the fur trade. See also: French in Wisconsin, French Voyageurs and the Fur Trade (Huron-Clinton Metroparks), and Collins Dictionary (for audio pronunciation.)

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