Les Sauvages du Détroit
Les Sauvages du Détroit may represent any of the many nations that lived near or traded at Detroit, primarily but not limited to the Potawatomi, Ottawa, Huron (Wyandotte), Chippawa (Ojibwa), Missisauga, Miami, Mingo (Seneca), Mohican, Abenaki, Delaware, Shawnee, Wea, and/or Caughnawga (Mohawk).
Les Sauvages are treated by Les Compagnies du Détroit as they were in the eighteenth century. i.e. allied but independent.
Each individual is expected to do research and develop a high quality presentation in dress, equipment and character.
The Huron village was at the Jesuit Huron mission, complete with a trade room, located across the river from Fort Ponchatrain. There were also some French-Canadian farmers on the south shore who attended the Mission Church. Father Potier S.J. was at the Mission 1744 to 1781. He regularly got the newspapers from Europe during the French period. His accounts are in the Jesuit Relations. There were Potawatomi and Ottawa villages in the vicinity of the Fort. The Chippawa were located at the head of Lake St. Clair. The Missisauga were in what is the S-W tip Ontario today. Other Nations mentioned above were spread out in what is now Ohio and Indiana.
While it is not necessary to understand a native language or be of Indian heritage, we do have members who do study the languages and those who have Indian ancestors. There are members who are very accomplished in Woodland Indian customs, clothing, equipment, quill work, trade silver etc.