Talking stick workshop

Accompanied by an Indigenous artisan, you’ll make a talking stick.
The talking stick is a tool that was and sometimes still is used in tribal councils to help regulate dialogue. In short, the person holding the stick has the floor. Some families still use it at home today! When making this one, the artisan will explain its importance to you. You’ll design it yourself to represent your clan—your family! It’s sure to be an unforgettable memory and something that may come in handy at home! Experience this activity with family or friends. Available daily. Reservation required.

Low Season : Available by reservation. Minimum two people. Online booking.

Making a porcupine quill bracelet (craft workshop)

High Season : Accompanied by an Indigenous artisan, you’ll make a porcupine quill bracelet. The artisan will guide you step by step in its preparation. An unusual decorative element, porcupine quills were once used to decorate birch bark boxes as well as clothing. It was possible to dye them using natural materials. Much more than decorating, the artist will also explain the different ways natives used the porcupine during the workshop.

This workshop is suitable for young children, including decorative elements suitable for their abilities. This is a perfect activity to do with family or friends and one that allows you to bring a souvenir back for everyone at home!

The activity is offered daily.

Reservation required.

 

Low Season : Available by reservation. Minimum two people. Online booking.

TRADITIONAL JEWELRY WORKSHOP

High Season : Accompanied by an Indigenous artisan, you’ll make a traditional necklace made of wooden beads and leather lace. The artisan will guide you step by step in its preparation and will explain the symbolism of the different materials available to you. This workshop is also suitable for young children, including elements of beadwork to suit their abilities. It’s a perfect activity to do with family or friends, and everyone will bring home a souvenir! Available daily. Reservation required.

On reservation, minimum of 2 persons.

Maximum of a family of 4 people

OR

3 individual

Wearing the mask is mandatory.

Low Season : Available by reservation. Minimum two people. Reserve by phone at 418-847-1835 or online.

Myths and legends

The “Myths and Legends” activity takes place at our Ekionkiestha’ National Longhouse. The longhouse, a dwelling of the Iroquoian people built entirely of wood and bark and heated with three fires, provides a magical setting for this exceptional immersive experience.

Rooted in oral tradition, “Myths and Legends” activities have always been part of Indigenous culture. The “Myths and Legends” activities offer you an experience inspired by ancient traditions! In the heart of the Ekionkiestha’ National Longhouse, in the glow of a fire, with an Indigenous storyteller: this setting has everything you need for a unique, authentic, and above all magical experience. The stories will address several important Indigenous cultural notions. The storytellers will shed light on the culture of the Huron-Wendat Nation from a completely different angle by telling you about the creation of Mother Earth and the Pleiades and other myths that shaped their childhood. These evenings are suitable for both children and adults.

Available nightly in English or French, by reservation.
Minimum of two people.
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Package recommendation:
The “Myths and Legends” activity is also offered in all our overnight longhouse packages. This night of unusual accommodation is equally suitable for families, couples, groups of friends, and school groups. This immersion in the Iroquoian ways of life will be unforgettable memories of your stay in Wendake. The Overnight in a Longhouse package includes:

• One night in the Ekionkiestha’ National Longhouse;
• Our popular “Myths and Legends” activity;
• The services of a fire warden who takes care of your dreams and the fire throughout the night;
• A room at the Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations for modern convenience;
• Sleeping bag;
• Access to the swimming pool*;
• Breakfast at Restaurant La Traite; and
• Service charge.

Overnight stays are offered in both summer and winter. The sleeping bags provided are planned according to the temperature.
*COVID-19: To ensure your safety in a pandemic context, the swimming pool is only accessible by reservation. This is mandatory for your family and, if available, gives you exclusive access to the pool for a period of 45 minutes. The fitness room adjacent to the swimming pool is currently closed.
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Activity recommendation:
Do you want to discover the longhouse in another way and learn more about the lifestyles of the pre-contact era, Huron-Wendat culture, and its heritage? This is what the Esk8entesa Discovery Tour offers. In addition to the Ekionkiestha’ National Longhouse, you’ll visit several places that are part of Huron-Wendat cultural heritage in addition to the permanent and temporary exhibitions of the Huron-Wendat Museum.

This package is adapted to the pandemic context and allows a visit in complete safety.

Visit to the Ekionkiestha’ national longhouse

This is an experience not to be missed in Wendake!

The Ekionkiestha’ National Longhouse is about experiencing the traditional lifestyles of the pre-contact period first-hand. This place of discovery is a journey to the very heart of these lifestyles. With your family, group, or friends, you’ll be impressed by its high palisades, the garden highlighting the agriculture of the time, and the interior of this house.

The longhouse is accessible in various ways: through Huron-Wendat Museum Regular or Discovery tours, the “Myths and Legends” activity, or an overnight stay. A must in the greater Québec City region!

Discovery interpreted tour

Guided Discovery Tour (summer)

ADAPTED TO THE PANDEMIC CONTEXT – AN ACTIVITY TO DISCOVER IN THE GREATER QUÉBEC CITY REGION

FIVE (5) SITES FOR ALL TO SEE – OR ALMOST – BY RESPECTING YOUR SCHEDULE AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH RULES IN FORCE.
(15 to 20 minutes per site every half hour)
• Beaver welcome: Huron-Wendat Museum
• Home of the bear: Ekionkiestha’ National Longhouse
• Deer welcome: Notre-Dame-de-Lorette Church
• Home of the wolf: Kabir Kouba Falls
• Home of the turtle: Place de la Nation Onywahtehretsih
• Tsawenhohi’ House
Demonstrations of Indigenous traditional knowledge
Awen’ (water) Boutique
Permanent exhibition on Grand Chef Nicolas Vincent Tsawenhohi

Schedule: Coming soon

Tours in English and French.

To ensure an immersive experience allowing you to discover Indigenous culture and more specifically Huron-Wendat culture, we’ve reinvented the Discovery Tour! We present a new way to discover the history, culture, and historical monuments of Wendake, such as the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette Church, as well as some natural beauties to discover, such as the Kabir Kouba Falls in a safe visit.

When you arrive at the Huron-Wendat Museum, you’ll be greeted at the Grand Shaputuan in front of the Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations. Afterwards, your guide will have you placed in the Circle near the palisade of the longhouse where you’ll be accompanied to your first activity site (12 people maximum).

During your journey, you’ll visit the permanent exhibition Territories, memories, knowledge inside the Huron-Wendat Museum and the impressive Ekionkiestha’ National Longhouse surrounded by a fence made of over 1,500 trees and inspired by the pre-contact period, and the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette Church built in 1730, where several liturgical objects offered to the Nation are still on display. The route will continue to the new Place de la Nation Onywahtehretsih as well as the lookout overlooking the Akiawenhrahk’ River, where you can observe the magnificent Kabir Kouba Falls. Kabir Kouba Falls is historically significant: several archaeological discoveries were made there. In short, the new guided visit formula offers an in-depth discovery of Huron-Wendat history and culture to be experienced as a family.

During your visit, you’ll be invited to stop at Tsawenhohi’ House where an Indigenous artisan will, among other things, demonstrate their traditional skills. Tsawenhohi’ House also has a permanent exhibition on Grand Chief Nicolas Vincent Tsawenhohi, one of the great diplomats of the Huron-Wendat Nation, who lived in this ancestral home.

Reservation required.
418-847-1835 or online

 

Winter Activities

Seasonality has always been important to natives. Adapting your lifestyle to the different conditions of the environment was essential. Our seasonal activities are an opportunity to discover some of these lifestyles. In fact, the Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations, in collaboration with the Huron-Wendat Museum, offers additional activities during the winter period to complete your experience in the Indigenous territory!

In addition to these typical winter activities, we also offer “Myths and Legends” evening activities year-round, guided Discovery Tours, tours of the Ekionkiestha’ National Longhouse, and craft workshops.

 

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