The Tsiionhiakwatha/Droulers archaeological site interpretation center is a unique site that must be visited
It is where the most important Iroquoian village ever discovered in Quebec lies. Circa 1450, approximately 500
established a village near the La Guerre River in what is now the municipality of Saint-Anicet.
More than 500 years later, a local farmer by the name of François Droulers found a howel dating from the 15th century. Following this discovery, archaeological digs uncovered more than
150 000 artifacts over an area of 13 000
square meters. These archaeological digs led to the reconstruction of the village on the site itself where the fascinating history of the Iroquoian way of life is put on display.
A guided tour
Led by experienced guides, you can visit the village, its longhouses, traditional garden and its Kionhekwa exhibit. Both educational and entertaining, the guided tour sheds light upon the lifestyle and traditions of the 15th century Iroquoians. Duration: 1:30
The 2015 Week-end Rendez-Vous
Every Saturday and Sunday in July and August, we offer activities as well as the guided tour. A sure way to please the whole family!! You can watch a flint knapping demonstration, participate in a cornhusk doll making workshop or have a taste of traditional Iroquoian dishes. Visits on week-ends at the Tsiionhiakwatha site can last all day!
Flint knapping workshop with archaeologist Michel Cadieux
Aboriginal food tasting: bannock bread, smoked fish and more!
Dreamcatcher workshops with Mohawk artisan Crystal Henry
Traditional workshops with Chief Top Leaf of Kanhawake
Mohawk pottery making workshop with Natasha Smoke
Mohawk basket weaving workshop with Carrie Hill
Mohawk corn husk doll workshop with Lucille Peters
NEW: PUBLIC ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIGS!
In August 2015, the Droulers Archaeological Site becomes the largest archaeological dig in Québec, with the presence on site of the team of l’École de fouille de l’Université de Montréal, directed by Claude Chapdelaine. Over 10 archaeologists work on site for fifty days, sharing with the public surprises that have been hiding in the ground for 600 years!
Workshops open to the public last 1 hour per person / group of 4 max. It is advisable to book. Dates for public searches are: July 25-26, 1-2, 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23 August 2015. During the week, it is possible to participation is by reservation only, Tuesday to Friday from 10:30 to 11:30.
Cost: $6/adult, $5/students, seniors and children, $15/for a family of 2 adults and 2 children
New: Sleepover in an Iroquois longhouse!
A unique cultural and natural experience!
Do you want to live an extraordinary experience? Do you dream of a First Nations' cultural immersion? Only 75 km from Montreal, CISA / Droulers Tsiionhiakwatha invites you to spend a night in an authentic Iroquois longhouse with family and friends. Accompanied by professional guides, the activity includes 2 workshops and a visit to the interpretation center, a dinner of native cuisine, a sleepover inside a longhouse, animation and breakfast.
The reconstitution of an Iroquoian village is a significant project that began in Saint-Anicet. This unique site tells a gives an accurate portrait of representation of history and the lifestyle of the Iroquois people. You will live an unforgettable experience with our activities, collection of artefacts, entertainment and workshops!
3:00 pm: Arrival
3:15 to 4:45: Visit of the Iroquoian village
5:00: 1st workshop (1 hour)
6:30: Installation of beds, food sampling and Iroquoian dinner
8:00: Tales and legends
7:15 am: Breakfast
8:00: Workshop #2
Available workshops: flint knapping, traditional campfire building, bow and arrow game, lacrosse match, pottery making and more!
Material needed for activity
Sleeping bag and pillow
Warm clothes and / or waterproof
75$/person for school groups or day camps
100$ adults, 50$ children (family rate)
For information or reservation, call us at 450-264-3030 or write at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tentsitewaiena : which means Working Together Again in the Mohawk language!
Get ready for a truly unique experience, taking you on a nature based journey with a cultural element that will impress, inspire, and educate! The Tsiionhiakwatha Archeological Site, The Lake St. Francis Wildlife Reserve, and The Thompson Island Youth and Elders Camp have a long history of educating the public about cultural heritage and environmental conservation. They have combined their resources and experience to bring you this amazing adventure!
The adventure includes a kayak or canoe experience, with overnight stays in an authentic longhouse village and/or an island in Mohawk Territory, completed by a fully guided tour of the wildlife areas and a Iroquois village historical replica ! Come for a unique journey in the heart of the Mohawk culture and history.
Born from the cooperation of Native and non-Native people working together, the discovery of this extraordinary wildlife habitat in an environmentally responsible manner will fulfill all your expectations of a real ecotourism experience !
Visit our website for more information!