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While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Alouette” is a popular French-Canadian children’s song, commonly thought to be about plucking the feathers from a lark, in retribution for being woken up by its song. Its origin is uncertain, though the most popular theory is that it is French-Canadian. The Canadian theory is based on the French fur trade that was active for over 300 years in North America. Canoes were used to transport trade goods in exchange for furs through established expansive trade routes consisting of interconnecting lakes, and rivers, and portages in the hinterland of present-day Canada and United States. The songs of the French fur trade were adapted to accompany the motion of paddles dipped in unison. Singing helped to pass the time and made the work seem lighter.