coureur de bois


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coureur de bois

(French kurœr də bwa)
n, pl coureurs de bois (kurœr də bwa)
(Historical Terms) Canadian history a French Canadian woodsman or Métis who traded with Native Americans for furs
[Canadian French: trapper (literally: wood-runner)]
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Noun1.coureur de bois - a French Canadian trapper
trapper - someone who sets traps for animals (usually to obtain their furs)
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Laure's characterization enacts a corrective to traditional history on at least three levels: Laure is a reluctant housewife to Mathurin, a coureur de bois and absentee husband; she begrudgingly adjusts to the material hardships of habitant life; and she becomes sexually uninhibited, finding an outlet for sexual self-expression in her affair with Deskaheh, a young Iroquois man.
When an aboriginal slave and a francophone "habitant"--two "solitudes" juxtaposed within the harsh lifestyle of a coureur de bois (fur trader)--meet in unlikely circumstances, an expedition of intrigue and self-identity ensues.
There are recipes for fried bannock, salmon chowder, sunshine soup, coureur de bois casserole, apple sauce and frogs' legs.