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

Structures of Local Native Americans in the 1600's

St. Ignace Downtown History

 
 
Structures of Local Native Americans in the 1600's Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 18, 2019
1. Structures of Local Native Americans in the 1600's Marker
Inscription.  
One of the oldest archaeological sites in the country is located in St. Ignace at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture (across the street from here). The Huron village, which was located there, is believed to have looked like this in the 1600s. These large multiple-family longhouses were permanent structures, contructed of poles covered with bark and ranged from 60-70 feet in length. Four to six families lived in each longhouse with several warming fires within.

The Ojibwa living in this area typically lived in dome-shaped wigwams (wiigiwaam), made of birch bark, juniper bark and willow samplings. These wigwams were easily moved and could be set up by the women in a few hours. When it was time to move from one site to another, they merely removed the bark, leaving the framework in place for future use. The bark was then placed on the framework at the new site. This served their seasonally-nomadic lifestyle, allowing the Ojibwa to take advantage of area resources in this harsh environment.
 
Location. 45° 52.289′ N, 84° 43.814′ W. Marker is in St. Ignace
Structures of Local Native Americans in the 1600's Marker - upper image image. Click for full size.
(Drawing provided by the Michilimackinac Historical Society)
2. Structures of Local Native Americans in the 1600's Marker - upper image
, Michigan, in Mackinac County. Marker can be reached from North State Street (Business Interstate 75) north of Marquette Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is on the Huron Boardwalk at the south end of Kiwanis Beach. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 499 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. What's in the Water? (a few steps from this marker); Voyage of Exploration (within shouting distance of this marker); Michilimackinac Cove (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named What's in the Water? (within shouting distance of this marker); Knights of Columbus Plaque (within shouting distance of this marker); Two Cultures Meet (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Ignace Mission (within shouting distance of this marker); Father Marquette Park Kiosk (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Ignace.
 
Categories. Colonial EraNative Americans
 
Structures of Local Native Americans in the 1600's Marker - lower image image. Click for full size.
3. Structures of Local Native Americans in the 1600's Marker - lower image
Structures of Local Native Americans in the 1600's Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 18, 2019
4. Structures of Local Native Americans in the 1600's Marker
This marker is on the Huron Boardwalk, near the center of the photo.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 14, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 13, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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