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Mi'kmaq: First Nations: Atlantic Canada

By IamDora
A story teller who visits campgrounds and similar activities to promote an understanding of the Mi'kmaq culture through song, dance and tales of Glooscap, the giant man-god who lived on Cape Blomidon, and how life was created

“... The Sun creates life and gives us our Shadows. The shadows reflect the identities, characteristics and spirits of ancestors. The Shadows are the joining of earth, matter, and the blood of human life.”

“... Glooscap came upon a village of loons. They entertained the Master and his family royally and in turn he bestowed upon them many favours. As he left he told them to always remember him and to call if they needed his help. This was the birth of the haunting cry of the loons. They are calling for Glooscap.”


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Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2021 12:08PM
Looks like a fascinating character, I love your storyteller,,,
Isabel GrinGrinGrin
dales Plus
5 11 Australia
22 Feb 2021 12:22PM
Excellent lead image Dora , wonderful images of this fascinating storyteller.
Ian
dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1812 England
22 Feb 2021 12:26PM
Experience, compassion, wisdom, sadness...

I wish I could hear the stories and meet the man.
22 Feb 2021 12:35PM
Lovely and I bet the environment was a lot better off when that culture held sway. I have this romantic idea of the North American continent before Europeans got there. Always the education from you Dora.
Just because I happen to be reading Boswell's life of Johnson and not because I'm well read at all. https://www.johnsonessays.com/the-idler/indians-speech-countrymen/
Most of Johnson's views are hard to take but this is more palatable.
Mike
22 Feb 2021 12:35PM
Two great interesting captures.
Sylvia
22 Feb 2021 12:39PM
Excellent captured images and write up of your
storyteller Dora.
Jeff.SmileSmile
22 Feb 2021 12:39PM
Two lovely photographs, Dora.
Mike
22 Feb 2021 12:58PM
These are excellent Dora, lead my favourite,
Fred.
22 Feb 2021 1:02PM

Quote:Lovely and I bet the environment was a lot better off when that culture held sway. I have this romantic idea of the North American continent before Europeans got there. Always the education from you Dora.
Just because I happen to be reading Boswell's life of Johnson and not because I'm well read at all. https://www.johnsonessays.com/the-idler/indians-speech-countrymen/
Most of Johnson's views are hard to take but this is more palatable.
Mike


The Mi'kmaq (until recently known as the Micmacs) were a peaceful tribe that helped the new arrivals immensely. The first Scots that arrived in Pictou would never have survived the first winter without their help. The French in Annapolis suffered and died from scurvy until the native people showed them how to extract vitamin C from birchbark. In return, once the colonist were established, Governor Cornwallis put a bounty on them and they were hunted and killed like animals. They survived as a people unlike some similar peaceful tribes that were hunted to extinction. Our history as it relates to the First Nations is not a proud one.
22 Feb 2021 1:07PM

Quote:Experience, compassion, wisdom, sadness...

I wish I could hear the stories and meet the man.


He was very good at this. I'm not sure if he's still doing it; as you can see he was not a young man. But the last time I had the privilege of being at one of his presentations, his daughter was with him and obviously being groomed to take over. Dora
Joline Plus
14 30 59 United States
22 Feb 2021 1:43PM
So much of this lore still runs through the psyche of the Mainer. They gave us so much, yet paid with their lives.
ZenTony Plus
5 4 1 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2021 1:47PM
What a characterful face Dora.
Tony
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
22 Feb 2021 2:26PM
This is so very interesting Dora. Thank you for the story that he told. A very good picture of him too. I see this was taken 9 years ago, maybe his daughter is telling the stories now. I will always think of him when I hear the eerie call of the loon now.
Fefe Plus
9 57 36 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2021 2:35PM
Pleasure to make it 30 Smile
adagio Plus
2 3 2 England
22 Feb 2021 3:35PM
A most interesting photograph Dora, plus your narrative......always a joy to read.

Angela😄
22 Feb 2021 4:18PM
Excellent images and a fascinating narrative, Dora.

RichardSmile
Great images and explanation Dora. He certainly looks a real character.

Karen
boov Plus
8 2 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2021 7:12PM
Fabulous portrait, worked so well in B/W... Fabulous
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
22 Feb 2021 7:48PM
Traveling in Nova Scotia (Pictou). and we met Micmacs and their hand made items-- and much more--- Thanks for the memories--
richmowil Plus
12 438 2 England
22 Feb 2021 8:31PM
Two good images Dora and interesting too!
capto Plus
8 6.6k 25 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2021 10:16PM
A fascinating story.Smile
ivor
gconant Plus
10 31 1 United States
22 Feb 2021 10:17PM
Two great captures of this proud representative of the First Nations Dora !!
They led such honorable lives to have been treated the way they were.

Glenn
22 Feb 2021 10:58PM
Excellent Dora..Lin
22 Feb 2021 11:56PM
You are a story teller as well, Dora....and these two photos I think truly captured the soul of this man. Neither of our countries has a proud history....what was done here, the crimes against native peoples, are our Original Sin as a country. Slavery was our Second Original Sin.

Peter
cooky Plus
17 6 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2021 12:04AM
So interesting and such an honest image. Love it Dora. As said above, wish we could hear some of those stories.

Kath
Robert51 12 7 120 United Kingdom
23 Feb 2021 11:37PM
Super image Dora.

The mod was two different papers backgrounds. Adding some text and making it look beat up. I hope you like it.
24 Feb 2021 12:20AM

Quote:Super image Dora.

The mod was two different papers backgrounds. Adding some text and making it look beat up. I hope you like it.



Thank your for the modification. Gives me another technique to study,
Robert51 12 7 120 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2021 8:17AM
Dora to be honest I don't watch much tv so I'm at the computer most of the time. I have so many ideas and working out how to make them happen keeps the brain cells working. Most the time I have to put them into an action as this time tomorrow the way I have done something is gone. The main thing is all aboutfun doing it, like most things...
24 Feb 2021 12:40PM
Reply to Robert. I haven't owned a TV in years. Like a man I once knew who wouldn't eat soup. He said one day that would be all he could eat and he didn't want to get tired of it now. Photography, writing and a few other things I do keeps the brain active. TV lulls it to sleep. I am admiring work such as yours and try to duplicate it but there are limits to what I can do with the camera and software that I have. But fun to try. Dora
This is a very strong image and interprets it’s composed meaning very well I think the simple life of enjoying what we have rings very true particularly in the current circumstances

C

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