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Roebuck Indian Village Site

Roebuck Indian Village Site

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2005

Roebuck Indian Village Site

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010

Plaque Location

The United Counties of Leeds & Grenville
The Township of Augusta
On the south side of Road 21, street number 7779
6.8 km west of the intersection with Highway 416


Coordinates: N 44 48.580 W 75 35.862

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Plaque Text

Approximately 500 years ago an Iroquoian agricultural community of about 1600 persons occupied this site. Archaeological excavations suggest that approximately 40 communal longhouses, averaging nearly 30 metres in length, stood in this village, palisaded with a stout double stockade. The farmers on the site grew corn, beans, squash, sunflowers and tobacco. A similar village, Hochelaga, on the present site of Montreal, was visited by Jacques Cartier in 1535. After this first contact with Europeans, these Indians, related to other Iroquoian-speaking peoples in northern New York and southern Ontario disappeared, although archaeological evidence suggests that some of the survivors were absorbed by the Hurons on the Trent River system.

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Here are the visitors' comments for this page.

> Posted June 13, 2019
I believe the Roebuck Ancestral Site was occupied by the Wendat people. I am a descendant of those people. I do not live in Roebuck but i was born in the Ottawa valley and have always known that the Wendat have used the land laying between the St-Lawrence and the Ottawa Rivers to live, gather, hunt and trade - just read the explorer Gabriel Sagard's book - "Le Grand Voyage dans le Pays des Hurons" the thing that I found is that the Wendat knew they did not own the land that it was there for all living things to use and never understood the concept of ownership - they borrowed the land until it exhausted itself then moved on to another area until the whole process started again - I am almost certain that the Iroquoian Wendat must have used up all the resources in that area and then the Europeans arrived and claimed ownership to everything and it forced them to other encampments never to return to Roebuck because Europeans had taken up those locations - these sites should be a reminder that the people on earth own nothing. We are merely here borrowing resources until we are returned to the earth so the next 7 generations can do the same - governments and rich people may think they are immortal but they are not - they will also be returned to the earth - everything has it's time as did the nomatic iroquoian Wendat people of Roebuck.
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> Posted June 9, 2012
With no ancestors remaining in the area and a lack of interest, this site lies almost abandoned and forgotten... Perhaps one day this site may hold more importance to Canadians, Aboriginals and earn a more significant monument marking this sacred place. Respect




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