Legend Has It…

A legend is defined as a story from the past that is believed by many people but cannot be proved to be true.

One might speculate that this Wyandot (Huron) legend might have some relationship to the Petun tribe which lived in the Scenic Caves region many moons ago.

It tells the story of a battle fought by the Deer and the Bear in the land of the sky. The colours in the leaves are a result of the blood of the Bear thrown down from the sky upon the trees in the autumn.

Read the fascinating Wyandot (Huron) Legend: “Why the Leaves Have Many Colours in Autumn” – A Wyandot (Huron) Legend

Wyandot (Huron) tribe’s relationship to Petun Tribe

Brief History

According to researchers, the Pétun was a historical First Nations people closely related to the Wendat. In the early to mid 16th Century, they had eight to ten villages below the Niagara Escarpment in the Collingwood/Scenic Caves region.

Huron Wendat 1880The Petun were attacked, destroyed or dispersed along with the Huron by the Iroquois in 1649. The surviving Petun joined with the refugee Huron and made extensive journeys through the midwestern US. They eventually settled in the 1850s in Oklahoma, where descendants of both groups now reside under the name Wyandot, a form of the original Huron name for themselves.

The Petun are historically recorded as consisting of two Bands, the Wolves and the Deer, each comprising one principal village and several lesser villages or hamlets.