walking over area of a Huron site with a 21st century Ontario Hydro cut

This is south of HWY 12 between Victoria Harbour and Waubashene. The village site has not been excavated. It is reported to be contact era which means roughly 1600-1650. Europeans walked this area after 1613. Some trade goods might have been brought here by Hurons or other native traders before the Europeans arrived locally. Those Europeans were Etienne Brule and then Samuel Champlain, then Gabriel Sagard, then the Jesuits. With the ground scraped clear of brush any artifacts “churned up” to the surface would be easy to spot. Much preferable to heavy wooded and brush laden and poison ivy laden ground.

I had an enormous deja vu moment as I walked this ground with a friend of mine who is also involved with the OAS Huronia Chapter. The bulldozed ground, with dozer tracks in the wet soft ground, and the tree line of mature trees pulled me back to my memories of 1974-75 when I spent two summers working north of Edmonton on the Syncrude Project, oil sands mining development near Fort McMurray. The Hydro towers spoiled the look a little but other than that it felt just about right as if I was standing out in the mining area, a scraped natural area. The actual plant site which was being built then, was completely treeless and was full of structures and piping corridors and many many men and machines. Out in mining I baby sat a water pump for two weeks and saw no one except at the beginning and end of my shift.

Author: William J. Gibson

62 year old - writer/photographer Canadian, survived open heart surgery, received kidney transplant, sometimes dour, sometimes amusing, over six feet in height, severely follicle challemged

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