A new documentary film called Curse of the Axe premieres on History Television on Monday at 8 pm.
Produced by yap films in association with Shaw Media, Curse of the Axe is narrated by Robbie Robertson. It chronicles the story of a Stouffville, former first nations community called now The Mantle site (see below).
At it’s zenith the settlement was:
- 9 acres in size,
- 2,000 inhabitants
- farmed 80 square kilometres (an area larger than downtown Toronto),
- 98 long houses,
- 3 rows of defensive palisades, and
- 60,000 trees cut down with stone axes to build this community.
Mary Ormsby writes about it in the Toronto Star today.
Mr. Luc Lainé of Wendake, Que. is the charge d’affaires for Huron-Wendat Nation.
…hopes it helps educate Canadians and dispel stereotypes “that we are lazy people and like to take advantage of the taxpayer.”
“I hope this will show. . . we had a very sophisticated society and were well organized from a political and social point of view and (people) will see us with different eyes.”
Skilled farmers. Expert businesspeople. Wise political leaders spanning centuries.
Curse of the Axe trailer (1:34)