Monday, September 8, 2008

Class Trip

Actually it was more of a vacation, but we often can't resist squeezing in an educational event at the same time. While camping up north, we went to a interactive replica of a Jesuit mission village. The original one was burned down after ten years of habitation by the Jesuits themselves due to sickness and continual attacks by the Iroquois. They then moved back to Quebec.

At the village, some of the original foundations remain, but the rest has been rebuilt. There is a long house, a church, a blacksmith shop, a carpenter shop, a hospital, and a large kitchen just to name a few things. Did you know that a tee pee and a wig wam are not exactly the same. A wig wam is covered in tree bark and a tee pee is covered in animal skins. We all thought that was pretty cool!

The concensus was that we are glad that we live in this century and not back then. It was certainly a very rugged and tough way to live.

We also went to a Roman Catholic church that pays homage to the martyrs of history. It was fascinating and very beautiful. I was especially struck by the memorial to the unborn children. It brought tears to my eyes.

Needless to say we arrived back a camp with a little better understanding of Canada's rich history and weary from much walking.

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