The Native Museum of Mashteuiatsh safeguards and presents the history of a people who have maintained their nomadic lifestyle governed by the seasons. Learn about the fabulous history of the Pekuakamiulnuatsh, descendants of the Aboriginal people who arrived some 6,000 years ago in the heart of the Canadian Shield not long after the glaciers had retreated, and occupied the land irrigated by the tributaries of the Saguenay River and Pekuakami (Lac Saint-Jean). Come admire hundreds and hundreds of fascinating artifacts and enjoy some unforgettable intercultural encounters!
The Pekuakamiulnu u mamihtunelitamun, Spirit of the Pekuakamiulnu permanent exhibition is a collective exhibition created by artists, artisans, elders, businesspeople and other members of the community, relating the story of the Pekuakamiulnuatsh from past to present. It paints a picture of their ancestral culture, their reality and their aspirations, as it follows the history of their territorial negotiations.
If you’re visiting with a group of youngsters, why not reserve a guided tour of the permanent exhibition and a workshop on the Pekuakamiulnuatsh universe? They’ll have fun learning about the similarities and differences between their own lives and those of the Pekuakamiulnuatsh, about their art, how they use the land and how it has been transformed over time, and more.
Near the Museum, you can go for a stroll along the Nutshimatsh/In the Forest interpretation trail and learn even more about the enduring bonds between the Pekuakamiulnuatsh and Mother Earth, the source of all life. You’re sure to be inspired by the deep respect for nature conveyed in the four themes – shelter, travel, food and medicine.
And don’t forget the museum's gift shop! You’ll find all kinds of treasures, from unique local arts and crafts to souvenirs, all of them authentic, with something for all tastes and budgets.
Uashassihts, a traditional stopping and gathering place
The Uashassihtsh (“Little Bay”) cultural transmission site, on a magnificent setting on the shore of Lake Pekuakami, hosts a First Nations great gathering in mid-July every year. The event recalls and continues the traditional summer meetings where different peoples came to socialize and share. You can take part in this celebration, too, and chat with artisans who are proud of their age-old culture.