The Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean territory was first inhabited by the Pekuakamiulnuatsh (Montagnais), the only Aboriginal community in the region still living in Mashteuiatsh.
Every summer, the hospitality and gathering tradition continues during the Grand rassemblement des Premières Nations of Québec, with its colorful powwow. Immerse yourself in the culture at the Carrefour d’Accueil Ilnu (welcome centre) and at the Uashassihtsh-Ilnu cultural transmission site, or experience the Aboriginal lifestyle by staying in the Montagnais’ natural surroundings and sleeping in a tent.
While staying in a bed and breakfast or on a campground, be the first one to watch Mashteuiatsh’s glorious sunsets on Pekuakami (Lac Saint-Jean). Boutiques and galleries will entice with tradition, history, art, and handcrafts, and visit the Musée Amérindien de Mashteuiatsh, which tells the history of the Pekuakamiulnuatsh.
At the Nikuishkushtakan (welcome centre), when arriving, say kuei (Hello!) and when leaving, say nlaut (Goodbye!). [ad. p. 22]