Mountain Men demonstrate fur tradersʼ skills


Charlotte Coffey turned 9 years-old this week. Saturday, because of her attentiveness at the mountain man rendezvous she was presented with two gifts. The first was a white hole bead. It was threaded onto piece of sinew and tied to her left wrest. The second was a fire starting kit. Above, she attempts to strike a spark with a piece of flint and an iron striker. Charotte's mother, Haley, works at the Family Medical Center, Superior.

A steady stream of people, many of them children,visited with mountain men at a rendezvous at the Pawnee Indian Museum near Republic, Saturday. Six mountain men had arrived Friday evening and camped overnight near the mound, practicing their survival skills and imaging what it was like for the Indians to live there.

Saturday, a steady flow of people chatted with them about the fur trading era in the U.S. from 1800s to 1849, when China captured the world's fur trade with the silk worm. They talked of the tools needed for survival, how to trap a beaver, demonstrated how to start a fire...

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