Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Learning about Wendat and Jesuits at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons

Wendat and Jesuits at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
This summer when we visited Wendake in Quebec, we learned about the Huron Wendat people and how their lifestyle and lives changed after making contact with the French Jesuits in the 1600s. Our curiosity led us to Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons in Ontario.
Wendat and Jesuits at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
This site which is in Wendat territory takes us back in history, and gives a more in-depth understanding of how the cultures came together, and how it impacts our history and nation today. 
Wendat and Jesuits at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
The permanent residence of Jesuits and their labourers were founded in 1639. The soldiers occasionally accompanied the missionaries from Quebec and wintered at Sainte Marie. 
Wendat and Jesuits at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
We saw Jesuit's residence, where they discussed mission work, shared progress in learning the Wendat language. It was a home and a place of spiritual retreat. It was interesting to see how small the spaces were, and their simple beds and work tables. 
Wendat and Jesuits at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
We joined in for a session of quill writing using geese feather cut in a 45 degree angle that is dipped in ink.
Wendat and Jesuits at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
We also saw how they did their laundry. 
Wendat and Jesuits at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
The carpenter shop in the village was used to make wooden furniture, as they tried to be self-sufficient. We were able to ask questions and gain more knowledge about the types of tools that were made at the blacksmith shop.  
Wendat and Jesuits at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
The iron was imported from France and because it was difficult to transport, it was a scarce and valuable material for the people at this time where they travelled through the St. Lawrence river for days and had about 30 portages.
Wendat and Jesuits at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
There was a canal that permitted canoes to enter from the river. We can see the Wye river in Tay Township close to Georgian bay.
Wendat and Jesuits at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
There was a church built to bridge gaps between the Wendat and French culture, this was different from the church we saw at the entrance dedicated to the Jesuits as they wake up early in the morning for prayers.
Wendat and Jesuits at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
We also saw a Christian longhouse, different from the longhouse we have seen during our travels to Wendake, as this longhouse was more like a temporary place for visiting converts to stay at.  
Wendat and Jesuits at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
The apothecary shop and garden were interesting to see, as they used plants such as mint, sumac, yarrow in the 17th century for medicinal purposes. 
Wendat and Jesuits at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
The historic cookhouse taught us about 17th century cooking, where we discussed French and Wendat food and sampled corn bread.
Wendat and Jesuits at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
The tool on the top is a manual grinder that was used to grind dry corn and make corn flour. 
Wendat and Jesuits at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
We had opportunities to participate in doing Indigenous crafts with clay where we made small pots and shaped into animal shapes. They also had games and candle making. 
Wendat and Jesuits at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
By the winter of 1648 to 1649, Huronia was ravaged by disease and conflict that the Jesuits abandoned and burned Sainte-Marie. A few of the Wendat followers moved to Christian Island. The following year the Jesuits and Hurons withdrew to Quebec. 
Wendat and Jesuits at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
The tour ends at the museum, where we able to read and learn more about the lifestyle and beliefs of the Wendat and First Nations people, see what other changes were happening at the same time around the world and more. 

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65 comments:

  1. This looks like my kind of place. I love learning about the past!

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  2. That looks like a really interesting place to visit

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  3. Great post! Living in Alberta I know I will never make it to this historical site. I found this post very interesting and loved the pictures. I love history. Seeing our own Canadian history is great.

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  4. Oh these are are just beautiful,sure would love to visit a place like this !

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  5. This would be so much fun, I enjoyed going to a place the same as this when I was younger

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  6. oh the simple life, wonder how many could survive living like this, seems very peaceful

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  7. I would really enjoy visiting!

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  8. I love visiting places like this

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  9. I would love to visit here with the kids

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  10. Those were the days much simpler way of life for sure

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  11. I find it interesting how people lived so long ago!

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  12. That really took me back in time , remember going there when I was in grade school.

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  13. i like that you got to experience some hands on things!

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  14. This looks like a fun and educational trip for the kids.

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  15. What a educational post,thanks for sharing!

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  16. i love seeing how people have lived years ago

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  17. this would make a really educational trip for the family

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  18. It certainly was a simpler time than today !

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  19. What an interesting place to visit!

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  20. What an interesting place to visit!

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  21. It sure would be a fun experience to visit!

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  22. Honestly I don't think we could live like this today !

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  23. This would be a lovely day trip.

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  24. Looks like you had a great trip

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  25. reminds me of my visits to the acadian village in new brunswick

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  26. love to visit one day, enjoy historic sites!

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  27. It would be so interesting to see a place such as this with such historic significance. Thanks.

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  28. Thanks so much for this very interesting review & terrific pics. It looks like a great place for all of us to learn more about our history.

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  29. thank you for posting about this trip it will be something I will definitely add to my bucketlist

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  30. It's been many moons since I last visited Saint-marie Among the Hurons. I have memories of visiting when I was a child.

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  31. I've never been there but we have sites like that in our province as well that we try to go to when we go on the longer trips, esp out west from where we live

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  32. would be a great place to take the kids! Historic!

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  33. I would love to visit this place with the kids ad my grandmother she would love this !

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  34. It's certainly a great way to look back on History !

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  35. I would love to learn more about First Nations people

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  36. What a great educational place to visit.

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  37. This looks like a great way to learn about another way of life. My daughter would find this so eye-opening.

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  38. Looks like a really interesting place to visit

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  39. Writing with the feather and ink would be really interesting to experience.

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  40. I love visiting a piece of history. I would be interested in learning more.

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  41. I can just imagine the effort that went into life during that time.

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  42. That looks like a great place to visit.

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  43. I love learning about history! This look so nice!

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  44. This is the perfect educational field trip!

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  45. I feel like it's really important to learn about how others lives during history. It's eyeopening and makes you appreciate what we have today.

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  46. Very interesting, I love to learn about different people.

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  47. Wonderful post and I love the photos. A place I would love to visit.
    Florence Cochrane

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  48. Doing laundry yesterday, I couldn't help but think about how much longer it must have taken in those days, and how much harder it must have been.

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  49. Such rich history that is important for kids nowadays to experience.

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  50. This looks like such a wonderful place to visit and learn about our past

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  51. love to visit, we enjoy our visits to our local historic Fort!

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  52. Sounds very interesting. Great education

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  53. This would be a fascinating visit.

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  54. I love historical sites like these - they are always so interesting to visit, and are like stepping back in time.

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  55. I love this place.Hoping to get back there this year. Such a beautiful town to visit as well. Thanks for the post . All historical sites are places I love to take my sons.

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