I first visited Ste. Marie in preparation to illustrate The Huron Carol book, published in 1990. In 2007 those same illustrations became part of an ongoing Huron Carol exhibit at the museum at St. Marie. At summer's end this year I retraced my steps through this beautiful and moving historic site.
The Huron Carol installation begins here, with the original Huron language verses and the later French and English versions.
Here are some of the pictures in the installation, enlarged pages from the book with the text in French and English.
The scene above, the Chiefs from Far coming around the longhouse, was inspired by this very spot between the longhouses and the paling:
Another view from the lookout, looking down on the kitchen garden.
Three of the Huron Carol illustrations are available as cards, which can be ordered from the website or from my Etsy shop. The Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven, Connecticut, have prepared a "Christmas in Canada" exhibit this year, with the cards featured in their on-site gift shop.
It is hard to believe that Advent (and beautiful First Light at Sainte Marie) begins in scarcely a week. I have been busy with new work and teaching, and will be posting again soon.