There were displays in Jacques Cartier Park as part of Winterlude, items from the Anishinaabe First Nations. This included a large teepee set up.
There were three members of the tribe close by, with traditional items spread out on tables, speaking about the process of making these. Furs were spread out on racks around them.
This man spoke of traditional methods of using wood and crafting it into things like drums, snowshoes, or other items, demonstrating as he spoke. The wood they use can't be too dry; green wood tends to be more flexible, which suits its use far more.
Here we have something that goes back in time. The Anishinaabe, as well as other First Nations peoples, had a traditional method of refining maple sap in this area. The trunk of a tree would be first hollowed out in this fashion to create a trough. When the sap was running, it would be poured into these. Stones would be heated up in nearby fires as hot as possible, and then moved- through the use of deer antlers as a tool to pick them up- into the troughs, which would heat the sap up and result in maple sugar. Aside from using it for food, tribes would use maple sugar for medicine.