Native Women's Trail of Tears

Flying Geese

Flying Geese - A primary food for the people, women would hunt and pluck these large birds for food. Photo by Art and Soul Photography

Quilt Address:

154 Chippewa Road (aka Side Rd 8 at Range 2)
Muncey , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.828771, -81.487709

Thames River

Thames River - Referred to Askunesippi in historical journals, spelled Deshkan Ziibiing currently, this original Ojibwe name for the river translates to Antler or Horn River.

Quilt Address:

310 Bear Creek Road
Muncey , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.776661, -81.497490

Wigwam

Wigwam - was the shelter of the Anishinaabe family. Around it, the creation of baskets, mats and deer hide clothing took place during the winter months by the women.

Quilt Address:

20723 Muncey Road
Muncey , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.823090, -81.442209

Family

Family -  is central to Anishinaabe way of life. Family connections come in so many ways. Kinship through clans provided much needed support to families in trouble or isolated and finding themselves in unfamiliar camps.

Quilt Address:

69 Anishinaabeg Road (aka Switzer Drive)
Muncey , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.808657, -81.538174

Friendship Star

Friendship Star - A period of peace and friendship between nations occurred during the time when Great Britain needed allies in order to defeat both the French and Americans.

Quilt Address:

345 Chippewa Road (aka Side Rd 8)
Muncey , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.820777, -81.424240

Eagle

Eagle - Considered closest to Gitche Manitou, the eagle is our eldest brother. He stood up for the people when they were no longer lighting the sacred fire and offering tobacco.

Quilt Address:

644 Middlemiss Road
Muncey , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.821556, -81.448830

Panther

Panther - It was believed Tecumseh's name meant panther and he was named this for his ability to hunt his enemy with strength and skill just as a panther.

Quilt Address:

20621 Muncey Road
Muncey , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.819439, -81.438873

Cooking Pot

Cooking Pot - By the 1800's, many European goods were common household objects in First Nation camps. Cooking pots were one of these goods.

Quilt Address:

300 River Road East
Muncey , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.804029, -81.432878

Basket

Basket - was used to gather sap, to harvest berries and medicines, to hold utensils and store dried goods. It was an important implement to have in the daily life of a family

Quilt Address:

21933 Longwoods Road
Melbourne , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.817000, -81.553502

Cedar Tree

Cedar Tree - Cedar, one of the four sacred medicines of the Anishinaabe, protected families from disease. Not always far from the skirmishes taking place during the war, the women tended to the injured and recovered the dead.

Quilt Address:

640 Jubilee Road
Muncey , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.810199, -81.439379

Strawberry

Strawberry - in Ojibway means heart berry. It is considered a sacred food and the first food gifted to the people by the Creator to nourish and sustain life

Quilt Address:

6263 Longwoods Road
Melbourne , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.805698, -81.565043

Tear Drop

Tear Drop - There was much despair and sadness during war time for women and families. Many tears were shed over the losses during warfare.

Quilt Address:

318 River Road East
Muncey , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.806626, -81.430303

Ojibway Flowers

Ojibway Flowers - During the early 1800's, beads were in circulation along the trade routes and native women began to adorn their clothing and articles with beautiful designs of plants and flowers from the region.

Quilt Address:

20723 Muncey Road
Muncey , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.822854, -81.441995

Thames River Canoe

Thames River Canoe - Women were expert guides in their own right able to carry loads of equal weight as the men, lead the way through deep woods and canoe through what others would call the inhospitable terrain of the Great Lakes

Quilt Address:

289 Jubilee Road
Muncey , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.788441, -81.467750

Grandmother Moon

Grandmother Moon - Considered woman's greatest teacher, the moon is where our first Grandmother's spirit sits.

Quilt Address:

320 Chippewa Road (aka Side Rd 8)
Muncey , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.818857, -81.473457

Fire

Fire - At the heart of Mother Earth is fire, the heart of all creation.

Quilt Address:

556 Jubilee Road and Melbourne Road Intersection
Muncey , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.774991, -81.492991

Feathers

Feathers - The highest honour an Anishinaabe person could receive is an eagle feather. A fallen eagle feather meant a warrior had fallen. A special ceremony has to take place in order to retrieve it

Quilt Address:

551 Jubilee Road
Muncey , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.806185, -81.444186

Turtle

Turtle - The turtle is one of the three original clans of the Oneida and Lenape nations. In many creation stories, the turtle plays a significant role as do women

Quilt Address:

Side Rd 8 and Jubilee Road Intersection
Muncey , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.800691, -81.448481

Soldier's Horse

Soldiers Horse - Tecumseh was known to ride into villages on his horse in such a fashion that it would draw attention to him and his party.

Quilt Address:

598 Jubilee Road
Muncey , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.791811, -81.458777

Ohio Star

Ohio Star - The events that took place in Ohio between the many nations in the Ohio Valley and the British would set the stage for Tecumseh's call to action.

Quilt Address:

60 Melbourne Road
Muncey , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.806358, -81.537248

Bow and Arrows

Bows and Arrows -  were the main tools used for hunting and in warfare, however, as guns and artillery were introduced into the fur trade, these were replaced and changed the strategic advantage some nations had over others in the

Quilt Address:

35 Mount Elgin Road (aka no road name in google maps)
Muncey , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.805036, -81.438585

Thunderbird

Thunderbird - This symbol is the emblem of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation. The Thunderbird has become a universal symbol representing the Anishinaabek nations of Ontario.

Quilt Address:

Middlemiss Road and Muncey Road Intersection
Muncey , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.824774, -81.444018

Log Cabin

Log Cabin -  became a representation to many First Nation women during this era of the growing populations of immigrants encroaching on their traditional territories.

Quilt Address:

568 Chippewa Road (aka Side Rd 8)
Muncey , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.802691, -81.451635

Maple Leaf

Maple Leaf - A gift of maple sap was the signal of the coming of spring. It is the changing colour of the maple leaf that reminds the women of the beauty and bounty of the earth and all women.

Quilt Address:

7568 Longwoods Road
Mt Brydges , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.849037, -81.509596

Peace Pipe

Peace Pipe - Peace and Friendship Treaties were entered into by the sharing of pipes between nations before the coming of the Europeans and recorded by Wampum Belts.

Quilt Address:

300 River Road East
Muncey , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.804418, -81.432827

Scorched Earth

Scorched Earth - Travelling mostly in small groups, the forests were easily navigated by the women as they moved from one camp to another.

Quilt Address:

8348 Longwoods Road
Mt Brydges , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.873071, -81.478010

Philosophy of Biiskabiyang

 Philosophy of Biiskabiyang - This quilt design demonstrates the link our ancestors have through this generation to future generations.

Quilt Address:

20850 Muncey Road
Muncey , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.827446, -81.442756

The Three Sisters - Food

Three Sisters - To the Haudenosaunee people, corn, beans, and squash are called the "Three Sisters". Each sister did her part to strengthen the other when grown together.

Quilt Address:

7707 Longwoods Road
Mt Brydges , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.851492, -81.500372

Tecumseh

Tecumseh - was a dynamic Shawnee leader during the War of 1812.

Quilt Address:

20621 Muncey Road
Muncey , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.819510, -81.438401

Shooting Star

Shooting Star - Tecumseh's name was said to mean shooting star in Shawnee. In traditional naming ceremonies, the story behind a chosen name is a foretelling of a child's destiny.

Quilt Address:

7 Chippewa Road (aka Sutherland Rd/Side Rd 8)
Muncey , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.837395, -81.495136

Crosses and Losses

Crosses and Losses - Throughout the Great Lakes region during the War of 1812 many First Nation men, women and children lost their lives.

Quilt Address:

641 Jubilee Road
Muncey , ON
Canada
Ontario CA
Coordinates:
42.810436, -81.440645