Johnson, E. Pauline National Historic Person

Six Nations Grand River Reserve, Ontario
Portrait of E. Pauline Johnson (1862-1913) © None; Credit: Cochran/Library and Archives Canada/C-085125
Portrait
© None; Credit: Cochran/Library and Archives Canada/C-085125
Portrait of E. Pauline Johnson (1862-1913) © None; Credit: Cochran/Library and Archives Canada/C-085125HSMBC plaque © Parks Canada / Parcs Canada, 1989
Address : Highway 54, Chiefswood National Historic Site of Canada, Six Nations Grand River Reserve, Ontario

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1945-05-16
Life Date: 1861 to 1913

Other Name(s):
  • Johnson, E. Pauline  (Designation Name)
Research Report Number: 1983-002

Importance: Mohawk poet, gave series of speaking tours (1892-1910)

Plaque(s)


Existing plaque: Chiefswood NHSC Highway 54, Six Nations Grand River Reserve, Ontario

Born here at Chiefswood, the daughter of a Mohawk chief, E. Pauline Johnson gained international fame for her romantic writings on Indian themes, but she also wrote about nature, religion and Canadian nationalism. Beginning in the 1890s, she published numerous poems, essays and short stories and recited them in theatrical fashion on public stages throughout Canada and abroad. Reaching a wide audience, she succeeded in making the public more aware of the colourful history and cultural diversity of Canadian Indians. Her ashes were buried in Stanley Park, Vancouver.