Montagnais Indians


Montagnais Indians
   A tribe of Algonquian stock. Occupied the Saguenay country in 1608, when Champlain visited Tadoussac, and acted as intermediaries between the French and the tribes of the far north. They defeated a party of Iroquois in 1610, with Champlain's assistance; but paid bitterly for their success in later years, when the warriors of the Five Nations hunted them relentlessly throughout all the region of their northern fastnesses. In 1633 the Jesuits first established missions among them, and laboured diligently for many years among this most degraded of the Algonquian tribes. They are described in modern narratives of exploration and travel in northern Quebec and Labrador.
   Index: Ch Induced to cultivate land near Quebec, 159; allies of the French, 162, 163; murders committed by, 164; give Champlain three young girls to be educated, 165.
   Bib.: Parkman, Pioneers of France and Jesuits in North America; Pilling, Bibliography of Algonquian Languages; Comeau, Life and Sport on the North Shore of the Lower St. Lawrence and Gulf; Low, Report on Labrador (Geol. Survey, 1895).

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