M12833 | Huron-Wendat group, Wendake (Lorette), QC, about 1875
Huron-Wendat group, Wendake (Lorette), QC, about 1875
James George Parks
About 1875, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on card - Albumen process
9.2 x 15.2 cm
© McCord Museum
The Huron-Wendat, originally from around Georgian Bay, have been living in Lorette since 1650. Their village on the banks of the Saint-Charles River, near Quebec City, was renamed Wendake in 1985. Basket making has always been part of the Huron-Wendat culture. In the early 19th century, seeking other forms of subsistence income, they perfected this craft for the tourist trade. Along with baskets, they began making such items as snowshoes, moosehair-embroidered moccasins and cases, miniature canoes and birchbark boxes. Basket making and embroidery were mainly women's work, while men served as hunting and fishing guides.