Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Rattlesnake Point

Tomorrow is Astronomy Night at Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area.  Rattlesnake Point got its name from the snake-like path cut by the glaciers along the edges of the Niagara Escarpment. There are ten kilometres of cliff edge and forest trails that connect the Bruce Trail with Crawford Lake.  It is not named for the Massasauga Rattlesnake.

And then I wondered about Massasauga vs Mississauga so turned to Wikipedia for guidance:

"The Native American word, "massasauga", means "great river-mouth" in the Ojibwe language and was probably given to describe grasslands surrounding the river deltas in Ojibwe country."

"The mississauga are a sub tribe of the Anishinaabe-speaking First Nations people located in southern Ontario, Canada. They are closely related to the Ojibwe. The name "Mississauga" comes from the Anishinaabe word Misi-zaagiing, meaning "[Those at the] Great River-mouth." It is closely related to the Ojibwe word Misswezahging, which means ‘a river with many outlets.’  Alternate spellings of the name are Mississaga, Massassauga and Missisauga, plural forms of these three, and "Mississauga Indians".

Wikipedia says at the conclusion of Mississauga that the legacy is:
  • The city of Mississauga is named after them (the Mississauga tribe).
  • The Western and Eastern massasauga rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus) are named after them.
  • Fort Mississauga in Niagara-on-the-Lake was named after them.
As we approach summer, we're coming up to more War of 1812 events:  Nelles Manor, the Grimsby Museum and Coronation Park will be the sites of the celebration of the 205th Anniversary of the Engagement of the Forty. It took us 200 years to put the fun into our history.  Below is one of the reenactments of 2012 in Niagara-on-the-Lake. 

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