developed for Inquiring Mind, a program of Humanities Washington, this
presentation is now offered to the general public.
Please contact me for
Jacques Portier - Old Nor'Wester
This presentation deals with the early opening of the North West and present
day Washington State to "European" influence from 1792 to the
1820's. It is a first person impersonation based on Jacques Portier, a Métis,who reminisces about his time as a voyageur and a partner in the
old Northwest Company. From the founding of Astoria, Spokane and Vancouver, Portier in story and in song provides first hand accounts of the exploits
and adventures of his contemporaries - Finlay; Thompson; Simpson; Fraser;
McKenzie - the first explorers and traders of
the old northwest.
A decade before Lewis and Clark made their epic journey and long before the great migrations of the mid-nineteenth
century, the opening of the North West was first and foremost a business enterprise.
It started at the mouth of the mighty Columbia with British and American
traders in the 1790's. Later commerce came overland by the traders of the
North West Company and after 1820, the HBC. What came about, through give and take was a negotiated understanding and working relationship among the
parties. Each retained an
element of uniqueness, but assimilated changes into their own way of doing
things. It was by and large a prosperous peaceful coexistence based upon the common
ground of commerce.
presentation is suitable for elementary school age through adult audiences.
Fee for this program is $300 +
transportation & lodging, if outside the greater Seattle/ Tacoma/
Olympia, WA area.
Usual program length is approximately 1 hour.
For booking information:
or call 206-497-0049
Write: 3607 Broadmoor Dr NE,
Tacoma, WA 98422
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