A Canadian Family

First Nations, French Canadians & Acadians

Vintage Postcard: Big John of Kahnawake, Quebec (Caughnawaga)

This is an early twentieth century postcard  of

Big John of Caughnawaga/Kahnawake shooting the Lachine Rapids.

Big John of Kahnawake (Caughnawaga) A Canadian Family Vintage Postcard Collection

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July 20, 2009 - Posted by | . | ,


  1. That looks terrifying. I have ancestors from Lachine. I wonder if they are in there?


    Comment by Lori E | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  2. Wonderful!

    Evelyn, could you send me a private email as I don’t have one for you. I would like to discuss sharing your Caughnawaga images. I am doing some research for a friend who has ancestors from that area.


    Comment by Marcelle Comeau | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  3. HI!

    I just stumbbled across your site. Big John is my great, great, great…. grandfather. My name is Shawlee Canadien. I was hoping you might know about my family, and could tell us more.


    Comment by Shawlee | August 16, 2009 | Reply

  4. Hello Shawlee,
    It’s very exciting to hear from you and I look forward to doing some research together. I’ve contacted you privately at your email address.


    Comment by evelynyvonnetheriault | August 16, 2009 | Reply

    • Hi I just google on the net if I would find anything
      on my family history and here I found something.
      It’s just so wieard Big John is my great, great, great
      grand-father. And the wieard is thing is that my mom,
      sister and grand-mother has that book since my
      grand-father name by Big John is in that book.
      Is there more stuff that I could learn on my family
      history other then what’s in the book from the reserve
      in Caughnawaga? I would love to learn more stuff on
      my family history.


      Comment by Melanie C | May 30, 2010 | Reply

  5. I love this picture because first of all I love rapids.I like all the fun action when you hit waves. The first time I went was with my day camp when I was 6 years old.I was scared but I figured out it was one of my favourite activity.
    Thank you for the awesome postcard!!!!


    Comment by teletubiefan | September 17, 2009 | Reply

  6. I think it looks like a painting because of the way they are moving with the water.I really like this image,


    Comment by Mylie | September 17, 2009 | Reply

  7. I love this picture because I could see how it was in that time.And you could see how the boat is made.I find it interesting the way the shape of the boat is.


    Comment by paul | September 17, 2009 | Reply

  8. Hello Shawlee.I am your Auntie Shirley and if its ok with you I would love to get to know you better. I’m not sure about any details that may or may not be disclosed to you, surfice it to say that I am the blacksheep in the Canadien clan. Please don’t judge me till you get to know me better. I live in London Ontario and my phone # is ***-***-*****. (see note below). Please call me and although I ha.ve more than my share of pride; being alone and living in a whole different part of the world makes one long for simple joys such as talking and catching up on each others lives! If that sounds like something you would like to do as well don’t hesitate to call.

    [ EDIT by Evelyn: Tel.# erased because it can be picked up by robot spammers. I can be contacted by comment box and I’ll provide the number by direct email 🙂 ]

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Shirley canadien | April 7, 2021 | Reply

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