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Wade Davis - Magdalena River of Dreams
“Colombia is a place where magic seems to happen every moment and I would argue that only a people like the Colombians, with their enduring spirit of place, their indescribable capacity for joy, could have endured the agonies of the last fifty years.”
Author and RCGS Honorary Vice President, Wade Davis says his latest book -- Magdelena - a River of Dreams -- is a love letter of sorts. Colombia, he says, is "a nation that allowed me to dream, that gave me my wings to fly." His love affair with this troubled nation began as a fourteen year-old in the late sixties, when he went on an exchange from suburban Montreal. He has been returning ever since, as a writer, botanist, traveller, scholar of indigenous religions, captivated by the unbelievable range of history, cultures, environments, climates, and people that exist in this diverse South American nation.
Explore presents the Hudson’s Bay Company - Part 4(3): Treasures of the fur trade
In this final episode of Explore’s journey into the history of the Hudson’s Bay Company as it turns 350 years old, we take one last trip into the HBC vaults at the Manitoba Museum with curator Amelia Fay.
As a way of illustrating the importance of company fur traders to the 100-year-old HBC collection, Amelia pulls out three items donated by Julian Camsell, HBC Chief Factor for the MacKenzie District in Canada’s Arctic and father of Charles Camsell, founding President of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
Explore presents the Hudson’s Bay Company - Part 4(2): Blankets and moccasins
On this episode of Explore, we take another fascinating dive into the Hudson’s Bay Company Collection at the Manitoba Museum. It contains over 27,000 items, far too many for us to pour through on our podcast, so we asked curator Amelia Fay to take us down into the vaults and talk about some of her favourite items, as well as items that speak to the long 350-year history of the HBC and its impact on Canada.
Explore presents the Hudson’s Bay Company - Part 4(1): The Royal Charter
"CHARLES THE SECOND, by the Grace of God, King of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c. To ALL to whom these Presents shall come, greeting."
With that opening line, a Royal Charter granted all of the land in the watershed of the Hudson's Bay, a massive area of present day Canada and the northern United States, to the Hudson's Bay Company, or as it was known then, "The Governor and Company of Adventurers of England, trading into Hudson's Bay."
As an historic document, "it is both incredible and problematic," says Amelia Fay, Curator of the HBC Collection at the Manitoba Museum. Incredible because of the impact it had as one of the primary drivers in the creation of what is now Canada. Problematic because in doing so it gave away lands of the Indigenous people who had lived on them for millennia, without their consent.
Fay takes us through the importance of the Royal Charter, written on animal skin 350 years ago, on May 2, 1670, in this first of three episodes inside the HBC Collection at the Manitoba Museum and Archives.
Explore presents HBC BONUS EPISODE - Life at Fort Simpson
What was it like to live in a remote Hudson’s Bay trading post in the 1880s in Canada’s north? In this bonus episode of the Explore series marking the 350th anniversary of the Hudson’s Bay Company, we hear a rare, first-person audio account of life at Fort Simpson in the Northwest Territories. The storyteller is Charles Camsell, founding president of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, talking about his childhood as the son of an HBC fur trader, in an old Canadian radio recording taped in 1938.
Explore presents the Hudson’s Bay Company - Part 3: The rise of the Métis
“I would say the Métis all track back to the fur trade and they probably all have some connections in the Hudson’s Bay Company,” says Jean Teillet.
Teillet is Canada’s leading Indigenous rights lawyer and author of the best-selling book, “The Northwest is Our Mother, The Story of Louis Riel’s People, the Métis Nation.”
That Métis Nation, one of three recognized Indigenous peoples in Canada, traces its ancestry to both First Nations and Europeans.
The great-grand-niece of Louis Riel, the most famous Métis leader, Teillet says it's almost impossible to separate the Métis from the fur trade.
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Wade Davis - Magdalena - A River of Dreams
A joy to hear Wade Davis speak about Colombia and his new book Magdalena - A River of Dreams. He brings humility and respect for the cultures and the environment of this special country. Great podcast!
If you love Canada and are a citizen of the world, you will LOVE this podcast.
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I started listening to this with the Hudson Bay history episodes. Really interesting. Going to back and start at the beginning and go through all the previous episodes.