Indigenous Paranormal is a monthly YouTube series that delves deep into the haunted history of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and surrounding area. Each investigation is conducted by the Kenhte:ke Paranormal Society, a volunteer based group composed of a medium, investigators using standard ghost hunting equipment, and a historical researcher.
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St. George's Church & Mohawk Trail
The cairn site is a memorial to the landing in 1784 and to the location of the community's first church, St George's Church. For those following the way of the Church of England, the construction of a church was a challenge and a priority. The Church of England had been an important influence in the lives of the Mohawk People in Mohawk Valley for decades. The first church was completed in about 1794 and enlarged about 1799. It was both a place of worship and a community hall for meetings and celebrations. This Heritage Trail is based upon an original pathway to the old church site, one of many used by Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte in the very early years of our community. Later, the pathway came to link the old church site with the new church, Christ Church, which was consecrated in 1843. Our Community therefore has used this trail for over 200 years.
The Mohawks, allies of the British during the American Revolution, settled permanently in Canada following that conflict. A party led by Capt. John Deserontyon landed here in 1784 and constructed a chapel shortly thereafter. The church's historic Communion Plate is part of a gift presented to the Mohawks in 1712 by Queen Anne. In 1798 King George III gave to the chapel, which became known as a "Chapel Royal," a triptych, bell and Royal Coat-of-Arms. The first permanent chaplain, the Reverend Saltern Givens, was appointed in 1831 and, during his incumbency, the present structure was built by the Mohawks in 1843. Although damaged by fire in 1906, Christ Church appears today essentially as originally constructed.
Mohawk Community Centre
Former residnece of the Indian Agent, location of witchcraft questioning.
In the early days, the community was governed in this traditional way. In the 1840s, the “old Chiefs” were paired with an elected council of men. This diminished the role of women in decision-making. In 1869, the Government of Canada passed the Gradual Enfranchisement Act. The act mandated fully elected councils in a municipal style and prevented the continuation of traditionally selected chiefs. The first election under this law was held in 1870. Women were not allowed to vote in these council elections until 1951.
The system imposed by the Gradual Enfranchisement Act remains part of the Indian Act today. The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte elect one chief and four councillors every two years under this system.
From 1870 to the present, there have always been those who resisted this imposed system of governance.
Kanhiote Public Library
Kanhiote Public Library is housed in the upper level of the former Thayendinaega Health Centre, named after Joseph Brant. It took on many forms since it was built in 1990, and sits on the historical York Road that connects Kingston and Toronto.
In this episode we've gathered more evidence than we expected with high MelMeter readings, sls camera captures, evps, and even an orb. Tune in for part one of two. Next month we will show you the evidence we gathered from the offices downstairs.
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Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na tyonkwehtáhkwen tsi sénha yoyánere ón:ton tsi ohwentsyá:te ahse’kén Kanyen’kehá:ka tsi niyonkwarihò:ten, onkwateryen’tarà:tshera táhnon tsi niyohtányon yonkwateryèn:tare. Teyethinonhwerá:tons ne Kanyen’kehá:ka, sahontená:tayen, táhnon akwé:kon a’nowarè:ke ratì:teron ne ahatiweyentéhta’ne onkwá:wen wahón:nise aorihwà:ke, nahotiyà:tawen ne onkwá:wen onwa’kéha, táhnon ayonkhiyatya’tárhahse ne onkwá:wen teyohswáthe ohén:ton yawenhniseratenyóntye.
Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na believes the world is made better by Kanyen’kehà:ka culture, knowledge, and ways of knowing. Each day, we work to share and preserve our culture for generations to come, creating a better future for all. We welcome Kanyen’kehà:ka, settlers, and all on Turtle Island to learn about our past, experience our present, and join in our bright future.
In this episode we encounter the librarian in the stairwell, and a different authoritative figure in the offices that makes some feel like they are "being watched". Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na is located on York Road below Kanhiote Public Library.
Episode Streams February 25th, 2023
The Tiny House
The Enyonkwa’nikonhriyo:hake Program will build safety, encourage and promote wellness through practicing: peace, inclusiveness and respect, inspired by our cultural beliefs, values and teachings.
The Good Minds Program ensures that MBQ is able to deliver counselling services, youth programming, circles (groups), grief recovery, ceremonies, elder support, addictions counselling, Child & Youth Wellness and NNADAP prevention programming. Our goal is to build linkages and relationships with on and off Territory agencies to provide services of utmost quality.
This was the previous location of Kanhiote Public Library, where Andrew had once worked during the summer. He and others who have been to the basement have reported the same, and have heard footsteps upstairs.
The presence of "Bo", the name the former librarian gave the spirit, is not evil but will make you believe it is. Our reports from Trudy tell us he is protecting something.
In this episode, we may have uncovered a portal; discretion is advised for this episode as there is significant course language during the spirit box session.
Episode Streams March 25th, 2023
In 1860, Catherine Loft, a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, was certified as a teacher. However, the councilmen would not hire her because she was a woman. In 1870, Lydia Hill, also a community member, became the first woman teacher on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.
In 1784, a school was one of the first buildings constructed on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. Most students were formally educated at “day schools” in the community. By the early 20th century, there were four such schools. In 1955, Quinte Mohawk Day School (QMS) was built to centralize grades 5 through 8. These schools were eventually replaced by a new, larger school (also called QMS) in 1974.