Amerindian culture is a part of Authentic Quebec. Visitors can become familiar with this long, rich culture through a variety of experiences that focus on tradition and sharing.
Adding an Aboriginal tourism component to a visit to Authentic Quebec is a nice way to get a double dose of authenticity. Your hosts and guides are heirs to an ancient culture whose lifestyle, traditions and spirituality are tightly interwoven with nature. They also value hospitality and sharing. In the Lanaudière region, Manawan, a community belonging to the Atikamekw nation, offers visitors activities that focus on sharing and learning based on a responsible tourism approach. Aboriginal people also rely heavily on powwows to share and promote their traditions. Each summer, these colourful and friendly gatherings are an opportunity to discover local crafts and to sample the food and music of the different communities. An experience not to be missed!
The art of trapping
Sharing is also at the heart of the Mokotakan Site in the Mauricie region, where a reconstitution of the different dwellings and lifestyles of the 11 First Nations of Quebec allow visitors to trace the history of the Amerindian presence. This trip back in time starts at the Auberge Refuge du Trappeur in Saint-Mathieu-du-Parc, at the entrance of La Mauricie National Park of Canada, where black bear and moose-watching activities will captivate visitors. In winter, a 2-hour snowshoeing excursion allows participants to discover the art of trapping, and is another way of learning about Aboriginal culture. In La Tuque, the team at Club Odanak is committed to embodying and promoting the traditional values of the Atikamekw. Upon request, the outfitter will offer a demonstration of Aboriginal song and drumming, with ancestral dancing added as a special treat!