Our peoples met thousands of years ago and I feel so honored to be sharing in this homecoming," said McRae, as the Wendats symbolically reunited their nation by burning ashes from the ceremonial fires from their villages in Quebec, Michigan, Kansas and Oklahoma.
When hundreds of descendants of the Huron Wendat confederacy gathered in Midland, Ont.
It was the first reunion of the Huron Wendat confederacy since their people were dispersed across the continent in 1649 by conflict, disease and famine.
The shrine and the mission were built in memory of that fateful year, 1649, when the Jesuits died at the hands of the attacking Iroquois -- and Wendat society disintegrated.
Grand Chief Wellie Picard of the Wendat Huron Nation in Wendake told the crowd that the original Wendat confederacy was made up of four nations and had a population of 40,000 people spread out into about 20 villages.
Our rebirth will come as we return the remains of our ancestors to mother earth," said Stephen Gronda, a representative of the Wendats of Michigan.
The ceremonial reunification of the Huron Wendat confederacy in Sainte-Marie Park on Aug.
It was the first reunion of the Huron Wendat confederacy since the people were dispersed across the continent in 1649 by conflict, disease and famine.
He made a promise to his father to get them back and return them to the burial place near the site of the former Wendat confederacy capital of Ossossane.