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The Clovis, Caribou hunters

The Clovis, Caribou hunters

The glaciers began to recede in southern Canada around 15,000 years ago, leaving behind the tundra. Three thousand years later, that is about 12, 000 years ago, the hunters who left what is now New England in the United States took advantage of beautiful summer days to travel north, towards the caribou herds. They reached the region of Mégantic, in Québec, just north of the present day Maine border. Because it seemed a propitious site for hunting, they established their camps there. They were among the first humans to have visited Eastern Canada. Archeologists defined them as the Paleoindian descendants of the Clovis culture. They left traces of their passage in the form of fluted spear points and stone tools that allow archeologists to interpret their life style.

Clovis — Caribou hunters is described in two panels. The first panel leaps forward 12,000 years and brings us to the tundra to discover the lifestyles of the first nomadic peoples to have travelled in the southeast of Canada. The second brings us to today, with the archeologists who discover and interpret the clues to the passage of these first occupants of the territory. A marvellous archeological fantasy adventure!

A production of the Sherbrooke Museum of Nature and Science with the collaboration of the University of Montreal and the contributions of Heritage Canada and the City of Mégantic.


  • Ideal space: 120 sq. metres
  • 2.45 metres ceiling height

Exhibition Brief (PDF)


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