Marie Celanire Georgiana Vachon dit Pomerleau spent most of her life in Saint Marie de Beauce. At her mother’s 50th wedding anniversary, Celanire is almost indistinguishable from her remaining nine sisters. The facial features of Abanaki or Algonquin First Nation people have already been etched on all their faces.
Women like Celanire managed their children, all but the most critical farm animals, shared animal husbandry chores with their spouses, grew and preserved garden foods, prepared medical balms and ointments for their household. They would help with all childbirth and laying out of the dead tasks as embalming was not a practice for many years to come.