The St. Lawrence Iroquoians

90 min. with multimedia show80 people max.
The St. Lawrence Iroquoians

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 aboriginal 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 Native 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.

Competencies developed

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:

In Quebec

Geography, History, and Citizenship Education

  • Constructing his/her representation of space, time and society:
    • Evoke aspects of everyday life at home and abroad, from the past and the present (identify changes and differences in everyday objects, means of transportation, economic activities).

Society studied: Iroquoian society, circa 1500 ad

  • Perceive the organization of a society in its territory:
    • Situate the society and its territory in space and time;
    • Make connections between characteristics of the society and the organization of its territory;
    • Make connections between assets and limitations of the territory and the organization of the society;
    • Define the influence of people or events on social and territorial organization;
    • Make connections of continuity with the present.

In Ontario

Social Studies

  • Heritage and identity: early societies (the Natives)
    • Describe the social and political organization and lifestyle of an early society: the Natives.
  • Heritage and identity: the beginnings of Canada (cultural heritage)
    • Describe the main characteristics of various Native peoples, the nature of relationships between various Native peoples who lived in the St. Lawrence Valley and along the shores of the Great Lakes before the arrival of the first Europeans.
  • Heritage and identity: the Canadian experience, yesterday and today (development of communities in Canada: First Nations)
    • Analyze the physical, social, and cultural characteristics of Native communities.

Our experienced interpreter-guides can adapt the tour to students’ ages and interests, making this a rich and varied learning experience.

Information and reservations

Hours and rates of visits and group activities 2019-2020

September 2019 to April 2020
Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm
+ Monday December 9, 2019

May-June 2020
Tuesday to Friday, 9:30 am to 5 pm
+ Mondays June 1, 8, and 15, 2020

Rates in effect as of September 1, 2019

Elementary Students$9.00
Secondary Students$10.00
Accompanying Adults (1 for 15 students)Free
Additional Accompanying Adult$14
3rd or additional adult$17
Role of accompanying adults

Divide the group into smaller sub-groups according to the number of groups specified on your reservation. The number of groups required corresponds to the number of accompanying adults required during the visit.

Follow the group at all times to maintain discipline and manage particular cases. The mediator or guide will lead the visit. Accompanying adults must stay with and supervise the group during lunch time.

One-day package

Add an interpreted tour or a workshop and enjoy a full day at Pointe-à-Callière:

Per student$18
Visit the Museum as well as one of our partners : Guidatour (An activity at the Museum and an ExplorAction walking tour of Old Montreal - 514 844-4021 or 1 800 363-4021) and Croisières AML (An activity at the Museum and a Sailor for a day cruise or guided sightseeing cruise – 1 888 748-4857 ext. 225 or 335)
Lunch room

A lunch room is available for groups.
Reservations required.

Per student$1
Free if taking part in two activities during the day.

Access to the Museum

Consult instructions.
There is free bus parking on de la Commune Street, at the corner of Place Royale.

Other activities

First Peoples on the Point

Elementary
Secondary
Educational booklet
90 min.
60 people max.

Growing Up in Ville-Marie in New France

Elementary
Educational booklet
90 min.
80 people max.

Building Montréal

Elementary
Secondary
College
Educational booklet
Renewed
90 min. with multimedia show
144 people max.

D'Iberville: Pirate or Privateer?

Elementary
Preschool
60 or 90 min. with multimedia show
80 people max.