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St. Ignace in Mackinac County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Huron Longhouse

 
 
The Huron Longhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 18, 2019
1. The Huron Longhouse Marker
Inscription.  
When Huron refugees settled on this site in 1671 they established a village similar to the ones they had built for centuries in lower Ontario, their homeland.

The most striking feature in a Huron village is the very tall and very long bark house. Unlike the seasonally migratory Ojibwa people who built smaller, more portable houses, the Huron, who were a settled agricultural people, built these huge permanent structures. There were as many as ten longhouses in this village.

Each longhouse stood about 20 feet high and 20 feet wide, and extended anywhere from 40 to 120 feet long. Saplings were placed into the ground at opposite sides of the house and arched and lashed at the top to form the rounded roof. Cross beams were tied at regular intervals to brace the structure, and strips of bark acted as siding. Woven mats or skins served as doors. Each house was inhabited by a grandmother, her husband, her daughters, their husbands, and their children. A son lived in the house of his wife's mother.

This longhouse sits on what is believed to be the location of these structures. Unlike the smaller Ojibwa wigwams, which
The Huron Longhouse and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 18, 2019
2. The Huron Longhouse and Marker
were always built facing the East, these huge houses were positioned north/south, probably to avoid the stiff East wind which frequently blows off the bay.
 
Location. 45° 52.304′ N, 84° 43.909′ W. Marker is in St. Ignace, Michigan, in Mackinac County. Marker can be reached from North State Street (Business Interstate 75) north of Marquette Street, on the left when traveling north. Marker and longhouse are on the grounds of The Museum of Ojibwa Culture. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 North State Street, Saint Ignace MI 49781, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Father Marquette Park Kiosk (within shouting distance of this marker); Grave of Father Marquette (within shouting distance of this marker); Knights of Columbus Plaque (within shouting distance of this marker); Huron Indians at St. Ignace (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Ignace Mission (within shouting distance of this marker); Michilimackinac Cove (within shouting distance of this marker); Voyage of Exploration (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); What's in the Water? (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Ignace.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 63 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 16, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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