Learn all about St. Lawrence Iroquoian women, men, and children! Explore and experience the culture, lifestyle, and social and territorial organization of the Iroquoians of the St. Lawrence Valley—before the arrival of the Europeans (around 1500)—and learn about their relationships with other Indigenous nations populating the area at the time.
By exploring Pointe-à-Callière’s unique archaeological site, where many remains and artefacts can be seen, you will embark on a journey going back thousands of years—from the time Indigenous peoples first frequented the site to the present day. We will explore the richness and complexity of the St. Lawrence Iroquoians’ way of life, their cultural reality (art, daily life, culture, traditions, etc.), their political and economic organization, as well as their influence and their relationships with other Indigenous groups. We will also address the impacts of contact with Europeans and of colonization on Indigenous cultures, exploring how the cultures adapted, changes that took place, and existing links to the past, present, and Indigenous descendants of today.
A journey through time, exploring age-old Indigenous traditions and culture!
What will students experience?:
- They will handle, observe, and compare remains, objects, reproductions, iconography, and models that bear witness to the ways of life of Indigenous populations.
- Take part in some day-to-day Iroquoian activities.
- They will explore, ask questions, and actively take part in learning about this First Nation and its history.
- They will hear and explore the languages, stories, legends, and traditions of Indigenous peoples, past and present.
Concepts covered during the workshop
- Situating the St. Lawrence Iroquoians in time (from about 1300 to 1500) and space (the St. Lawrence Lowland, between the mouth of Lake Ontario and the Lower St. Lawrence, as far up as Gaspésie).
- Describing the social, economic, cultural, and political organization of St. Lawrence Iroquoian society.
- Examining the daily lives of St. Lawrence Iroquoians through the roles of men, women, elders, and children.
- Understanding the cultural changes and adaptations that took place following the arrival of the Europeans in the 16th century and the elements of continuity with descendants today.
The activities on this interpreted tour are in line with the aims of the Quebec education programs and help develop the following competencies.