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Great page of links for Newfoundland Mi’kmaq Family History & Genealogy

Mi'kmaq divided their year into "tepgunsejig" (moons), which correspond to the modern English months). The name they gave to their moons made sense, for they were the most important characteristics of the Mi'kmaq way of life at a particular time of year.

Mi'kmaq women at Bay St. George, Newfoundland - 1859

Native American Headdress :: Eagle feathers are used all over the world as ceremonial instruments and are considered to be the most sacred healing tools. They are a symbol of power, healing and wisdom. Eagle represents a state of grace that is reached through inner work, understanding and passing the initiation tests that result from reclaiming our personal power.

Portrait of Mary Bernard, a Mi'kmaq from Whykokamagh, Nova Scotia, painted by Ellen Nutting circa 1840-46

I'm curious about the cross in the portrait. Studio prop? Obviously not a Catholic crucifix. Looks Celtic, but the designs on it resemble Dutch. ??? Jeremiah Bartlett Alexis (aka Jeremiah Lone Cloud, aka Haselam Luxey) - Mi'kmaq - circa 1930

The looks these two are giving each other are quite interesting... wish there was a story to go with the photo.

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