Tecumseh and Allies Return to Boblo Island 200 years after War of 1812

 

By Aaron Jahn

The Provincial Marine and other re-enactors and groups joined forces with Tecumseh to show visitors how life in a camp was lived during the War of 1812 this past weekend.

Victoria Beaulieu, one of the event’s organizers and a member of the Provincial Marine, said that in part the event was to remember, commemorate and honour the Natives that played a major role in defeating the American invaders in 1812.

“It’s more or less to show honour and for people to remember how important they were to our side. You know, they say no one really

Chief Tecumseh awaits the arrival of his British Allies during Saturday’s re-enactment ceremony on Boblo Island. The two camps set up on Boblo were part of the Provincial Marine organized War of 1812 event. The encampments were open to the public Saturday and Sunday and featured the way of life that would have existed in 1812.

won or lost, the Natives did.  The Natives lost their land.  It’s to pay honour to those because Canada may not have been what she is today without them.”

She says that they used Boblo Island, because during the War of 1812, Tecumseh had a base there, and that they want to bring more attentiuon to the Native Allies and the role they played in defending the land that would become Canada.

“With all the celebrations of 1812 we found it very necessary to focus on the Native allies.  And we, the British, would not have been as successful without them.  History could have been a lot different if we had not had the Native allies on our side.  And the area in which Tecumseh and his warrior had camps that were based the island.”

The weekend’s encampment was officially kicked off with a re-enactment of a canoe landing of British allies to the island, visitors were also able to visit a typical longhouse and see the day-to-day lives of people living in that era.

She says that they are breaking character only once over the course of the weekend, with a meal that is made up of authentic Native fare and will be catered.  She says that the organizers spent around six months planning the event, and that in part the location made it more difficult to plan.

“Anytime you’re organizing you’ve got to double check everything, this one was a lot more work, but a lot of fun because you can’t even get a bag of ice on the island so you really have to prepare.”

One response to “Tecumseh and Allies Return to Boblo Island 200 years after War of 1812”

  1. Christine Pohlkamp says:

    Aanii
    The other group that is mentioned is On-Gwe-Ho-Way, http://www.native-reenactors.ca. We portray the first nations that followed Tecumseh. We had 4 Wigwams set up, we helped de-fleshed two deer hides, we had many hides there for viewing, all tanned and from fur bearing animals of this region, we had many crafts being demonstrated as well. Finger weaving and porcupine quill work were some of the crafts. There was a display of food items from the region and a monologue from Tecumseh (portrayed by David Morris). On-Gwe-Ho-Way also drummed on hand drums for the folks that came to see the event.
    BaaMaaPii (until we meet again)
    Checomick (Chris)