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Tecumseh Barn Quilt Block

Tecumseh Barn Quilt Block

This beautiful rendition of Tecumseh is one of the 30 images on the Trail of Tears Barn Quilt Trail  in Chippewa on the Thames First Nation.  Thanks to Glenda Cochran, Art & Soul Photography for her great work.

Follow this map to see this image and other First Nations Barn Quilt Art.

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Hathaway Custom Feed, Melbourne

Elizabeth Street in Melbourne Ontario is home to big things.    Giant soldiers created by Laura and Rob Hathaway to welcome Doors Open Middlesex visitors September 29, 30, 2012

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Launch of the Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail

September 29, 2012, 10 a.m. – 12 Noon

 

 

Maple Leaf

Hosted by the Johnston Farm, 15734 Longwoods Rd., Bothwell, Chatham-Kent, ON

Maple Leaf

A slit slashed in the tree allowed the sap to drip down a sliver of wood into a hand carved wooden container or a birch bark pail.   Sap was  gathered and assembled at the sugar camp where whole families maintained the fires.

The syrup was constantly stirred and poured at the proper moment into moulds. Continued stirring produced fine white granular sugar.  All this was a highly skilled, labour intensive process. Maple sugar was a  valuable trade item for the Chippewa. A sugar camp of 300 trees could produce 600 pounds of sugar a year.   Settlers  learned the  process from their neighbours.

The Moravian diaries report that March 14, 1813, amidst the chaos of war,  the sugar camps were in full production. The familiar springtime routine must have been  a comforting  experience in those troubling times.

By Frances Kilbourne, South Caradoc.  February 2012

Source: NATIVE TREES OF CANADA….R C Hosie

THE MORAVIANS IN UPPER CANADA;  THE FAIRFIELD DIARY 1792 – 1813.  Translated by Linda Sabathy-Judd