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An Account of the Customs and Manners of the Micmakis and Maricheets Savage Nations, Now Dependent on the Government of Cape-Breton   By: (1710-1762)

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An Account of the Customs and Manners of the Micmakis and Maricheets Savage Nations, Now Dependent on the Government of Cape-Breton by Antoine Simon Maillard is an insightful and vivid account of the indigenous peoples of Canada during the late 18th century. Maillard, a French Jesuit priest, offers a comprehensive and meticulous exploration of the customs, traditions, beliefs, and way of life of the Micmakis and Maricheets tribes.

One of the notable aspects of this book is Maillard's commitment to accuracy and detail. He provides a meticulous description of the daily lives of these indigenous communities, ranging from their dress and ornamentation to their social structure and political organization. Maillard's attention to detail immerses the reader in the world of these ancient societies, painting a vivid picture of their unique customs and practices.

What sets this book apart is Maillard's respectful and empathetic approach towards the Micmakis and Maricheets tribes. Instead of portraying them as "savage" or inferior, as was unfortunately common during that era, Maillard consistently strives to understand and appreciate their way of life. He acknowledges the complex social structures, spiritual beliefs, and ingenious methods of survival of these tribes, effectively dispelling commonly held stereotypes.

Moreover, Maillard's account delves into the religious rituals, ceremonies, and spiritual beliefs of the Micmakis and Maricheets. His description of their connection with nature and their profound respect for the earth is particularly captivating. Through his narrative, readers gain deep insights into the tribes' spirituality and its integral role in their daily lives, as well as their interactions with the natural world.

While this book is an invaluable resource for anthropologists, historians, and anyone interested in indigenous cultures and history, the writing style may be challenging for some readers. Maillard employs a formal and academic tone, which can make certain chapters seem somewhat dry. However, his passion and dedication to accurately documenting these tribes shine through, compensating for any occasional lack of engagement.

In conclusion, An Account of the Customs and Manners of the Micmakis and Maricheets Savage Nations, Now Dependent on the Government of Cape-Breton is an enlightening and respectful exploration of the indigenous tribes of Canada. Antoine Simon Maillard's meticulous attention to detail, empathetic approach, and rich descriptions provide readers with a unique understanding of these ancient cultures. Despite the occasionally dry writing style, this book is an excellent resource for anyone seeking a deeper appreciation of indigenous customs, spiritual beliefs, and their historical significance.

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Now Dependent on the

Government of CAPE BRETON.


An Original French Manuscript Letter,

Never Published,

Written by a French Abbot,

Who resided many Years, in quality of Missionary, amongst them.

To which are annexed,

Several Pieces, relative to the Savages, to Nova

Scotia, and to North America in general.


Printed for S. Hooper and A. Morley at Gay's Head, near Beaufort Buildings in the Strand. MDCCLVIII.


For the better understanding of the letter immediately following, it may not be unnecessary to give the reader some previous idea of the people who are the subject of it, as well of the letter writer.

The best account of the Mickmakis I could find, and certainly the most authentic, is in a memorial furnished by the French ministry in April, 1751, from which the following paragraph is a translated extract:

"The government of the savages dependent on Cape Breton exacts a particular attention. All these savages go under the name of Mickmakis . Before the last war they could raise about six hundred fighting men, according to an account given in to his most Christian majesty, and were distributed in several villages established on Cape Breton island, island of St... Continue reading book >>

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