Today I have another tidbit for you for your continent boxes! This one is for Grand-Mère, Quebec, Canada, and from my dear friend Sandra.
We live in a small town called Grand-Mère, which means grandmother in French. What’s interesting is how this town got a name. Well, it is named after one rock!
Here is the story:
Once upon a time, the great Atikamekw people, a Native American sect of the Algonquins people, lived in our region. They had very brave and proud chief. One day, his only daughter fell in love with an adventurer in the tribe. The father was not happy about it, so he said they could marry on one condition: the young man had to bring him a canoe full of quality furs. Young warrior was aware how difficult and dangerous task it is, but he had no other choice then to accept it. On a rock in the middle of the waterfall, the lovers promised to be faithful to each other no matter what. Then the young brave set out on his big hunting trip. He never came back.
His fiancée waited her whole life for him to return. When she was an old woman, she begged the Great Spirit to leave her lover a sign of farewell. After she died, a huge bolt of lightning struck the rock in the middle of the falls, carving the face of an old Native American woman gazing forever into the distance.
This is why the Algonquins called this waterfall Kokomis, meaning “your grandmother”; hence the name of the town of Grand-Mère, founded in 1898.
Fifteen years ago, the complete rock was transported to a municipal park - stone by stone, to make way for a hydroelectric dam.
Sandra is the mom to one and a web developer for Renaissance Creation. She has been so generous to us in the past, providing some unique items to our continent boxes when she sent us a box of goodies from Bosnia.
Do you have an interesting animal or landmark near you? We’d love to learn about it! Please feel free to email Aikman at: montessoritidbits at gmail dot com. I’d love to feature you on MT! Please put in the subject line: “Tidbits from…” and where you are from.