Lisette Duval Harmon: British Columbia to Vermont & Montreal, 1786-1865
Métis daughter of a voyageur and a "Snare" (Secwepemc) Indian from the Kootenays, Lisette paddled 2300 miles across the continent with her fur trader husband Daniel Harmon. At the end of his Sixteen years in the Indian Country 1800-1816, NorthWest Company trader Harmon brought his femme du pays (country wife) and their daughters back to his native Vermont. The family later moved to Montreal, where Lisette would outlive all but one of her 14 children. Lisette and Daniel are buried in Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal.
Like Lisette, this song is the daughter of native and European traditions. The melody's "father" was the Abbott's Bromley Horn Dance, and its "mother" an Ojibwa chant to the earth goddess Maona, collected by Wisconsin singer Corinne Rockow. Veins in the Stone was Maona's gift to me on a nine-day canoe trip down the Bloodvein River in Manitoba for a 1993 video. Visit www.chrs.ca for information on the Veins in the Stone video and on the book VOYAGES: Canada's Heritage Rivers.
Lisette's Journey has her own website with a full program series of fur trade songs and tales, voyageur theatre, and digital history at lsettesjourney.lynnoel.com.