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Site Traditionnel Huron, Wendake
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See how the Huron people lived at Site Traditionnel Huron, an authentic re-enactment site of a Native Indian village nestled within a natural forest. Explore authentic wooden dwellings as guides dressed in traditional costume teach you about Huron culture. Sit in a giant tepee while hearing tales of mythical Huron legends, then take part in a traditional native dance. Purify yourself with the local shaman before you paddle through the river in a canoe. Finish the tour at the in-house restaurant, which offers Huron-inspired game- and fish-based meals. A visit to Site Traditionnel Huron represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Wendake tourist route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • This tour takes us to a reconstituted village hurons who allows us to see how they lived, their history and their culture. People who make us visit are very nice and fun in their comments because they always have a story to tell. We saw the Smokehouse where you could dry the fish, the sweat lodge, the long House, how they made their canoes and snowshoes. Could lunch there and the meal was good. And we learned to make a sensor to put at the beginning of our House and hunt the diseases. They also sell sensors of dreams
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  • This was our second trip to Quebec, my husband has a cousin there, so we are fortunate to have a Québécois showing us his town. This was the first we had heard of Wendake village, having known them as...  more »
  • Wendake is a village approx. 12 km northwest of Québec. The Wyandot (Huron) is a reserve. I went there by Québec from the car, where the GPS had not stored the rue Stanislas Kosca. By accident I found the city administration and me there asked for directions to the reconstructed traditional Huron village (Onhoüa Chetek8e). Using the statements of the nice lady from the city administration, I have found Onhoüa Chetek8e then also fast. On the grounds of the reconstructed village, there are many tents are shown in which each specific areas of the traditional life of the Hurons. You can explore the grounds themselves, or participate in an approximately 45-minute guided tour. The tours are carried out by Hurons in traditional clothing. To my knowledge, the guides in French only take place. I had missed just the beginning of a leadership and was taken by an employee to the current leadership. The individual tents and exhibits on the grounds show smoking techniques for fish and meat, canoe construction, clothing and household items, miniature models such as traditional Sweat lodges, vegetable gardens, traditional villages of sedentary tribes with longhouses, fences, hunting equipment, cars, fishing, animal traps; also tents of nomadic tribes. In other tents, there was also information to the cult of the dead and burial rituals and medicine. Also there were also tents with some information about the current discrimination against members of the First Nations and their percentages in the respective total population of each province. Here, I would like more information on the reasons for the less favourable treatment of members who had first Nations. It is clear that such reasons not always easy to make out and it defies black and white categories, but it would be interesting to know is how this population compared to other minorities, as compared to black or descendants of immigrants from different countries (India, China, Europe, etc.). Not quite I realised, as calculated as the share of Indian-born population in the total population at all. There is evidence of descent over several generations? Which group is someone counted, has both Indian and Chinese and European ancestry, which seems to occur more frequently in Canada? The huronische leader has is given much trouble, vividly narrated and also willingly answered questions. Sadly my French is rusty but slightly, and he spoke with strong québécois accent, so that I could follow him sometimes only with difficulty. The other participants of the leadership were Canadian from Québec and apparently had no problems with the accent of the leader. Towards the end of the guide the Guide went with me alone once again in the nave, because the leadership there starts and I initially was unaware that part. In private I got significantly better him, because the conversation was then even more slowly. He has told me very much to the social structure of the Hurons. The women are there quite influential and were much equal as the women of the immigrants I believe 100 or 200 years ago. So the women chose the Chief, and husbands had to move to the woman's family. For newly-weds, there was a kind of trial period: the marriage didn't work at this time or it came to disagreements with the woman or her family, so the man had to go again, and the marriage was thus dissolved. Whether it should introduce this model, not, but the women of the Hurons were apparently much more confident and had more rights than the women of early European immigrants. In any case, I found it very nice that the leaders had taken the extra time for me and told me so much so detailed. In Onhoüa Chetek8e you can participate also charges apply to additional events, E.g. in archery, or you can watch native dances. I was in the late afternoon of one very rainy day there, so that these events were no longer offered. Also especially the village itself interested me. I haven't tried the restaurant. You sit on wooden tables and chairs, the beer tent fittings are similar to a large, covered veranda; similar to a beer garden. Because the weather was so bad, would I like not out to eat and can say therefore to the food offered. Very good, I found the boutique: there's very many Indian goods, such as household items, beautiful jewelry, Dekosachen, clothing - all portable or in the budget can be used, and also some food (specialties from Maple syrup, candy, wild pies by bison, caribou, moose, etc. - I bought a few things, and they were really tasty). It was good that I've looked at the village. The visit has left mixed feelings, because I would have liked more information in some places, and Wendake seemed a little bleak to me. Not at all like a slum, but somehow less sanguine than usual in Canada; as if the inhabitants still make their way between tradition and modernity. The municipality is clearly independent, so not part of Québec City, and the fact-inhabited village of Wendake and the replica of the historic Huron village, so Onhoüa Chetek8e, arising on their own initiative. That costs time, money, and personal initiative. Apparently the people of Wendake invested much of it in these States. I have always wondered during the visit and then the combination of huronischer tradition and modern Canadian life should look like. Simple solutions there will not be, and certainly also not a single solution that fits all. But still I had a suggestion: the Internet site may be a little clearer with a map on which the location of the various attractions of Wendake is marked. It would also be nice, if you could find with fewer mouse clicks what when where is offered - during the preparation of my trip to Canada, I found quite cumbersome and sometimes confusing the search on the website of Wendake. More signs in place, which point out the sights, would also help.
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  • We had a great time visiting here. Highly recommend the Wendake traditional dances. It begins with a ceremonial Smudge and includes a dance that everyone participates in. I also got to smoke the peace pipe! One of the dancers came and played with our daughter after the performance. It is so nice to see indigenous youth with a positive outlet for practicing their traditions and customs.
  • We visited Huron Village quickly from Quebec City before heading back to Ontario. It only took about 30 minutes by car from our hotel to get there. It appears misleading at first. The Huron Village is located in what appears to be an very urban town. It is surrounded by parking lots and a factory or two. The only hint of where it was from the outside is the signs and the giant wooden fence surrounding the village. Once we walked in, we were greeted by a kind staff member who didn't speak much English (not a criticism, we were in Quebec, afterall!) but called on another lady who could communicate with us better. She told us when our English speaking tour began and that we could walk around and take photographs of the area. You could smell campfire and we seen staff walking around wearing traditional clothing. We first headed toward the gift shop. Near the front, there's Wendat statues you can pose with and an totem pole. The gift shop also has a large dream catcher our front. This is by far the most legitimate gift shop we've had the pleasure of browsing/purchasing. All of the other gift shops tend to be tacky, with products being made in China. This one was all Canadian made with artwork from First Nations ALL over Canada. Even if you don't purchase anything, it's very interesting to see the hand-made items. There were furs and fur hats, wooden magnets with animals and the area, mini-handmade teepees, hand-made dolls, leather wallets with artwork, Traditional First nations music which you could buy on CD, incense, carved bull horns and rocks, and all of it was tax free which made things even more appealing. We ended up buying a bull horn with a wolf howling at the moon carved on it which was made in British Columbia and my inlaws bought a doll. If you want to feel good about supporting Canadians and First Nations, THIS is the gift shop you should be buying from. We approached the campfire for our English speaking tour and found our guide, a gentleman dressed in traditional clothing named Pierre. He told us that he had two names, a Wendat name and a French one. I can't recall the Wendat one because it was difficult to pronounce. We were the only English speakers in his group at that time, so it was almost like we had our own personal tour guide! He brought us around and showed us a lot of really informative stuff about their culture. We were brought into a tent which showcased what the inside of a home would look like way back along time ago. There were furs and beds and we learned that they would store firewood below the beds. Pierre invited us to touch the fur. I could go on what he told us, but I don't wish to spoil it. He was full of information,insight and funny jokes, too. After, he showed us how the Wendat cooked food, and how they had made saunas, to bathe in the winter time. We were brought into a Shaman tent used to treat ailments and told not to take photographs of the masks used as respect. There were canoes and snow shoes and he showed us a short video. We learned how they made snow shoes and the boats. We also learned why a lot of the guides don't have the Wendat traits (including our guide, Pierre). Apparently, due to the spread of disease from immigrants, their population had declined so significantly that there was a lot of mixing in between Europeans and themselves. It just goes to show you that you can't judge a person based on their looks, especially when the whole reason the traits were lost was because of our ancestors. We also learned about their modern life, how they attend school until grade 13 (I think), and how they have to go outside of the reserve to continue schooling. Unfortunately, we did not have the time to eat at the restaurant. I would have liked to. All-in-all, the tour was great and Pierre was very informative. I really enjoyed his tour. The staff here are all fantastic and polite and very informative. There's a lot of opportunities to snap photos and it really reveals the resilience of these strong and cultured people. I highly recommend.
  • Very informative and interesting tour.
  • Good fun, nice people, preserved heritage!
  • Having fun with my Brittany (France) friends to visit the souvenirs kiosk but also learn about this big family of amerindiène