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Photos and transcription by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted October, 2011

Chiefswood Chiefswood

Plaque Location

The County of Brant
Six Nations of the Grand River
At Chiefswood National Historic Site
at Road 54 and Pauline Johnson Road

There are two other plaques at this location.
They can be seen on these pages:
E. Pauline Johnson 1861-1913
E. Pauline Johnson Tekahionwakeh 1861-1913

Coordinates: N 43 05.978 W 80 05.697



Plaque Text

Completed in 1856, Chiefswood owes its importance to its architecture and the prominence of the people who lived here. Derived from the popular Italianate style of the Picturesque movement, the grandeur of the house reflects the status of its builder and owner, Chief George H.M. Johnson, a Mohawk chief of Six Nations and an intermediary with non-Aboriginal society. His daughter, the celebrated poet Pauline Johnson, drew inspiration from the years she spent in this house.



Other Plaques in Six Nations of the Grand River
Ahyouwaeghs * John Brant 1794-1832
New Credit Indian Reserve and Mission
The Six Nations
Thayendanega (Joseph Brant) 1742-1807
Tom Longboat 1886-1949

Brant County Plaques

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> Posted October 27, 2011
It's a safe bet that the federal plaque to Chiefswood (unveiled Sept. 2011) is among the first - if not the first - trilingual marker in the new 'side-by-side' text style. Note, too, how the Mohawk text appears first (at left), while, on the older federal plaque to E. Pauline Johnson, it appears last, suggesting a move from inclusive acknowledgement to symbolic preeminence. -Wayne

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