Boyd’s Cove Interpretation Centre
Our desire to learn about the indigenous inhabitants of this island led us to the Beothuk Interpretation Centre at Boyd’s Cove on the way to Twillingate. Established after a finding of archeological remains of an Indian village on an idyllic site where the river meets the sea. All that can be seen are the mounds that indicate the shape of about eleven mamateek structures (wigwams).
These people truly trod lightly on this precious earth, coming to the ocean in the spring thaw after spending the freezing winter deep in the protection of the conifer woods. Here on grassy banks overlooking islands rich with birdlife (eggs) and a fresh water creek jumping with runs of smelt, salmon and trout they would hold ceremonies of gratitude, particularly honouring the caribou. They would work endlesslessly through the summer to preserve and store enough supplies for the long winters. This included caribou and seal for skins, meat and oils.
Following the trail to the site was poignant with the loss of yet another culture and peoples. It was such a perfect environment one half expected to hear the delight of children’s laughter interwoven through the music of the brook. It was not to be…
A statue named Spirit of the Beothuk, placed unobtrusively amongst the birch woods, commemorates the site. They were a tall proud people and even Fran could meet them eye to eye.