What was life like for St. Lawrence Iroquoian boys and girls? Here’s your chance to find out, in this workshop that will plunge you into the fascinating world of these first farmers in the St. Lawrence Valley!
Long before Europeans arrived, the St. Lawrence Iroquoians were living in villages of longhouses on Montréal Island and all along the St. Lawrence River. See how they lived from day to day, how they used the furs and bones of the animals they hunted, how they prepared their food every day, and more. Your students will be captivated by the ingenuity and know-how of the members of this First Nation. Can they use the same skills?
What will the students do during the workshop?
- Handle, observe and compare natural materials and reproductions of objects that tell us about the lifestyles of the St. Lawrence Iroquoians.
- Take part in some day-to-day Iroquoian activities.
- Imagine the lives of the St. Lawrence Iroquoians from season to season, with the help of evocative sets and models.
Concepts covered during the workshop
Pre-Contact period between Natives and Europeans, between 1000 and 1500 AD, archaeological traces of the First Peoples presence.
- Demographic phenomena: population distribution, sedentary lifestyle.
- Cultural and social phenomena: languages, techniques and tools for pottery and making tools, clothing, entertainment, customs.
- Economic phenomena: horticulture, growing of the “three sisters,” hunting, fishing.
- Political phenomena: matrilineality.
The activities in this workshop are in line with the aims of the Quebec and Ontario education programs and help develop the following subject-specific competencies:
Geography, History, and Citizenship Education
Our experienced interpreter-guides can adapt the tour to students’ ages and interests, making this a rich and varied learning experience.