To learn more about Toronto’s Huron-Wendat heritage

We know that some folks attending our Winter Solstice Walk tomorrow (Dec. 20, 2015) will want to learn more about Toronto’s Huron-Wendat connections and today’s Wendat and Wyandotte communities, so we’re providing the reading list and links below to be of assistance.

(Let us know if you think we’ve overlooked any books, key articles or websites.)


The French-language website for the Huron-Wendat First Nation in Wendake, Quebec (near Quebec City.)

• Wendake’s Visitor’s Guide to their beautiful hotel, museum, tours, etc.

• Some words and expressions in the Wendat language.

Wyandot of Anderdon Nation.

Wyandot Nation of Kansas.

Wyandotte Nation of Oklahama.


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Since the list below is long (but by no means complete) we can recommend the ones in RED as great introductions.

Garrad, Charles. 2003. “Commemorating the 350th Anniversary of the Dispersal of the Wyandots from Ontario and Celebrating Their Return.” Research Bulletin No. 35, Petun Research Institute. Downloadable from the website of the Petun Research Institute

Garrad, Charles. 1999. “New Wyandot Indian Confederacy Established” in Arch Notes (bi-monthly newsletter of the Ontario Archaeological Association), New Series Volume 4, Issue 6, November/December 1999, pp. 21-22.

Garrad, Charles. April 2014. Petun to Wyandot: the Ontario Petun from the 16th Century. Gatineau/Ottawa: Canadian Museum of Civilization/University of Ottawa Press.

Heidenreich, Conrad Edmund. 1971. Huronia: a history and geography of the Huron Indians 1600 – 1650. Toronto : McClelland & Stewart.

Labelle, Kathryn Magee. 2013. Dispersed But Not Destroyed: a history of the Seventeenth-Century Wendat People. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

Lainey, Jonathan. 2004. La «Monnaie des Sauvages» Les colliers de wampum d’hier à aujourd’hui. Québec: Septentrion.

Seeman, Erik R. 2011. The Huron-Wendat Feast of the Dead: Indian-European Encounters in Early North America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Sioui, Georges E., & Kathryn Magee Labelle. 2014. “The Algonquian-Wendat Alliance: A Case Study of Circular Societies.” Canadian Journal of Native Studies, 34(1), 171−83.

Sioui, Georges. 2003. “Canada: its cradle, its name, its spirit: The Stadaconan contribution to Canadian culture and identity.” Canadian Issues. Fall, 24−29.

Sioui, Georges E. 1992. For an Amerindian Autohistory: an essay on the foundations of a social ethic. Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press.

(A Huron-Wendat born and raised in Wendake, Georges Sioui is the first to present guidelines for the study of Native history from an Amerindian point of view.)

Sioui, Georges E., and Dalie Giroux. 2009. Histories of Kanatha: Seen and Told (Bilingual Edition.) Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press.

(The first collection written by an Aboriginal Canadian on the Aboriginal understanding of history and the colonial experience.)

Sioui, Georges E., and Jane Brierley. 2000. Huron-Wendat: Heritage of the Circle. Vancouver: UBC Press. Georges Sioui tells the history of his people, providing readers with a fascinating look at Wendat society and its rich legacy for Canada and the modern world.

Steckley, John. 2013. The eighteenth-century Wyandot: a clan-based study. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Steckley. John. 2007. A Huron-English/English-Huron dictionary (listing both words and non noun and verb roots). Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press.

Steckley, John L. 2007. Words of the Huron. Kitchener: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.       (An investigation into seventeenth-century Huron culture through a kind of linguistic archaeology of a language that almost died midway through the twentieth century.)

Trigger, Bruce G. 1987. The Children of Aataentsic: a history of the Huron people to 1660. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Trigger, Bruce G. 1990, 1969. The Huron: Farmers of the North, SECOND EDITION.  Orlando: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich College Publishers.

Trigger, Bruce G. 1985. Natives and Newcomers: Canada’s “Heroic Age” Reconsidered. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Warrick, Gary. 2008. A Population History of the Huron-Petun, A.D. 500-1650. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Williamson, Ronald F. and Jennifer Birch. 2013. The Mantle Site: An Archaeological History of a Huron-Wendat Community. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press (Issues in Eastern Woodlands Archaeology series).               (This is the first detailed analysis of a completely excavated northern Iroquoian community, a sixteenth-century ancestral Wendat village near Stouffville northeast of Toronto. The site resulted from the coalescence of multiple small villages into one well-planned and well-integrated community.)

– compiled by Brian MacLean, Dec. 19, 2015

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