Indian Point National Historic Site of Canada

Red Indian Lake, Newfoundland and Labrador
Place Holder (© Place Holder)
Place Holder
(© Place Holder)
Address : Red Indian Lake, Newfoundland and Labrador

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1978-06-19

Event, Person, Organization:
  • Beothuk Peoples  (People, group)
Other Name(s):
  • Indian Point  (Designation Name)
Research Report Number: 1978-SUA


Indian Point is an example of a camp where the Beothuk wintered in well-built, multi-sided mamateeks. In the fall, families left the seacoast and assembled here to hunt caribou using extensive drive systems of fences along the lakeshore and the Exploits River, keeping the meat in storage huts. Occupied for many generations, this site was abandoned around 1820 by the Beothuk, whose population was by then greatly reduced. It is among the best-documented Beothuk sites, first recorded by John Cartwright in 1768, followed by Shanawdithit in 1829, and archaeologists in the 20th century.

Description of Historic Place

Well documented Beothuk site