Welcome to our website.  We are in the process of revamping our website, so please be patient and check back often to see the exciting changes. 


The North American Voyageur Council (NAVC) is a nonprofit educational organization for individuals interested in various aspects of the fur trade era. Our membership includes researchers, reenactors, living historians, and history buffs, all with the common love of the fur trade.

NAVC invites you to join us in our exploration of this important part of history.


See what a membership to NAVC can do for you!

Fall Gathering

Check out our annual Fall Gathering – fun and educational!

The Voyageur Journal

Interesting articles on a variety of topics – so much great information!

This sketch is one of the few known images of a Hawaiian who worked for the HBC. Drawn by artist Paul Kane in 1846, the caption along the bottom reads “Old Cox, a Sandwich Islander who was present at the death of Captain Cook.” Naukane, or John Coxe as he was known at Fort Vancouver, served the Hawaiian royal family for many years, traveling with King Kamehameha II to England in the 1820s. He came to Fort Vancouver in 1826 after a deadly illness swept through the royal party, leaving Naukane one of the few survivors and an object of suspicion at home. He settled down with a Native American woman and raised hogs for the HBC, among other work. Naukane left the service of the Company in 1843, but remained in the area until his death in 1850. In his youth, Naukane also traveled with explorer David Thompson, who described him as “a prodigy of wit and humor.”#aapiheritagemonth“Old Cox.” Image 946.15.271, courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada ... See MoreSee Less
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While our in-person Fall Gathering 2021 has been canceled, save the date for an online experience!

November 4-7

2021 Events

Here are some events our members enjoy!


16-17                American Heritage Living History Show – Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles, IL, Jim Fairchild springvalleylodges@comcast.net, Darryl Sheldon sheldonpewter@yahoo.com


27-28               Echoes of the Past – Historic Trade Fair, Oshkosh Indoor   Brian Bradley, Co-ordinator (920) 233-5332 bradley@bradleycompanyofthefox.com    facebook: Echoes of the Past – Historical Trade Fair       facebook: Oshkosh Trade Fair


20-21               Kalamazoo Living History Show www.kalamazooshow.com


10-11                Colonial Trade Faire and Musket Frolic, Fort de Chartres – Prairie du Rocher, IL www.fortdechartres.us


5-9                   The Past Passed Here, Chippewa Falls, WI  invitation only, call for invitation,  Jim Schuh at 715-726-2376.  www.thepastpassedhere.org

14-16                Voyageur Rendezvous at Grand Kankakee Marsh – Grand Marsh County Park, Hebron, IN; Rick Narjes, 219-921-9516, narjesclan@gmail.com

29-30               Spirit of Vincennes (Rev War, NWTA event) – Frank Doughman, 401 S. 2nd St., Vincennes IN 47591 flintlock4@yahoo.com; www.spiritofvincennes.org


6-7 (not confirmed)     Annual Rendezvous, Fort de Chartres – Prairie de Rocher, IL contact Fort de Chartes 618. 284. 7230 or ftdchart@htc.net  www.fortdechartres.us

11-13                The Gathering at the Two Rivers (formerly The Gathering At Macktown) – Macktown Historical Site, Rockton, IL Mike Bost  815-978-8090  www.macktownlivinghistory.com

24-27               Yellow River Echoes, Forts Folle Avoine Fur Post, 1800-1805, Danbury, WI  715-866-8890  fahp@centurytel.net  www.theforts.org  call Derrick Johnson for invitation derrick48johnson@gmail.com  320-405-7161


6-8                   Pike River Rendezvous – Kenosha, WI    Invite only Ernest Kraak “Zeb” 262-308-5512  idazeb@juno.com  www.kenosha.org

11-15              Rendezvous at Forts Folle Avoine    contact Paul Prenevost for more information pprenevost@msn.com


18-19                Koh-Koh-Mah & Foster Living History Encampment, French & Indian War Re-enactment, Kokomo, IN   Bob Auth 765-513-8848 www.kohkohmah.com

19-20               Festival of the Voyageur – Pine City, MN www.mnhs.org/furpost   320-629-6356


1-3                   Mississinewa 1812 – Marion, IN (juried event) 800-822-1812 www.mississinewa1812.com

9-10                 Feast of the Hunters’ Moon, Lafayette, Indiana   Leslie Conwell 765-476-8411 http://www.tcha.mus.in.us/

15-17                Frenchman’s Frolic, Macktown Historical Site, Rockton, IL  Mike Bost 815-978-8090 michaelgbost@gmail.com