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Chief Poking Fire Indian Museum – Kahnawake

The Chief  Poking Fire Indian Museum in what is now Kahnawake on Montreal’s South Shore.

Text on the back of the card:



The one and only “Longhouse of the Iroquois.” The longhouse was used by the forefathers of the Caughnawaga Indians, when they were not so numerous. They lived in the longhouse only, divided into six sections of the clans, namely the Turtle, the Bear, the Wolf, the Pipe of Peace, the Trock and the Heron

clan. During festivities, each must stay in their own section, as to clan fireplaces. They do not intermarry into the same clans.

Please see message about clans from M. McComber in the comment box below.

Technical information

Color photo by Jack Wexler and Eddie Parsons

Natural Color K Card from Kodachrome

A Mike Roberts Color Production

1217 Bleury St., Montreal, Canada

Related Posts:

Index: Chief Poking Fire Museum & Indian Village, Kahnawake, Quebec

The Iroquois of Kahnawake

Further Reading:

Teepees and Tomahawks by Janice Forsyth

February 27, 2010 - Posted by | . |


  1. May I correct you? The clans are bear, turtle, wolf. Other clans are from different nations.


    Comment by Myles McComber | May 3, 2010 | Reply

    • Hello Myles,
      The text above is actually transcribed from the back of the postcard – but I thank you for your comment and have added it to the post.


      Comment by evelynyvonnetheriault | May 3, 2010 | Reply

      • Also this was my great grandfathers village. I have a whole bunch of postcards like this. I am at this village like every week. if you want I can some how post more of them up on this site. i dont really know how thought lol.

        Note from Evelyn: Contacted privately


        Comment by Myles McComber | August 7, 2010 | Reply

  2. I saw a post about a Chief Croteau in the tribe . If this is the case I was wondering Does anyone have any info or the native name?


    Comment by Jason | September 20, 2014 | Reply

  3. May i use this digital image for a video i am producing, it is for non commercial use and strictly for educational purposes.


    Comment by sondra | February 23, 2016 | Reply

    • Hello Sondra,
      Yes I believe you may. Could you send me some more information? I will keep your comment private.
      Evelyn Theriault


      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | February 23, 2016 | Reply

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