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‘Now we choose exactly what we want to share’: Indigenous tourism encourages visitors to see Quebec from a different perspective – The Star

by ahnationtalk on August 12, 2022120 Views

Aug. 12, 2022

In Quebec alone, there are 11 Indigenous Nations spread across 55 communities, each with their own culture and history.

The first thing I learn when we enter the teepee is that despite its presence on the Huron traditional site Onhoüa Chetek8e in Wendake, the Huron-Wendat people of Quebec didn’t have teepees; they lived in longhouses.

“We just have the teepee here because it’s what people expect,” says our guide Raphaël Gaudet. “It’s a good place to start the tour and talk about common stereotypes and misconceptions — so you’re ready to meet the Wendat people in an authentic way.”

Authenticity is a major theme when it comes to exploring Indigenous tourism in Canada, and one of the biggest misconceptions that visitors have about Indigenous tourism is that if it’s presented from a contemporary perspective, it can’t be authentic.

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