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First Peoples Index

In Canada the term First Peoples refers to the original inhabitants of this land.  There are two groupings: the Inuit (aka Eskimo) and the First Nations (aka Indian). Other respectful terms for First Peoples are: Aboriginals, Amerindians (used by scholars), Autochtones (in Quebec) and Native American.

First Nations

Algonquin

Inuit

Malecites | Legend

Here are some stories from the New Brunswick Malecites. Here are 3 characters in the stories:  Meekkomowess, Majalmood, and “The Little Men”.

Meekkomowess was a little old man who has a supernatural power, and could foretell the future. Meekkomowess goes to the Indians, gives them warnings and tells them about the danger that is coming. Miraculously, all the Indians who listened to Meekkomowess survived the danger, but unfortunately, all those that didn’t,  perished.  Everything Meekkomowess says is true. He never makes a mistake in foretelling the future.

Majalmood is a boy who made bows and arrows to protect the Indians. When Majalmood pointed anywhere with his finger, the arrow went that way.

The Little Men are Dwarfs. The Little Men can make a great variety of different clay objects, like axes, knives, canoes, men, and pipes, just like the real ones. They are not bad magicians, they don’t hurt anyone. Though, they will take a person’s knife if it is left on the bank and they will make a perfect clay imitation.

Author: N.B., 10 yrs. old

 

Related Posts:

First Peoples Index  

 

Further Reading:

Malecites

Native Americans: The Maliseet Indian Tribe (Malecite, Malecites

Cacouna – La Nation Malécite

Pequot (Algonquin) | Military History

The Pequots were part of the Algonquins. They were a very powerful tribe. The Pequots were fighting against other tribes to have a land of rich soil where they could grow corn, beans and squash.

The Pequots were one of the most warlike tribes. Before the Europeans arrived, the Pequots had maybe migrated from the Hudson River Valley in New York State. Soon after that the Puritans and other English Colonists arrived in the early 1600s.

The Pequots had won control of the Connecticut Coastal area from the Connecticut River to Rhode Island. They had even attacked and won against different Montauk tribes on Long Island.They were named the Pequots which meant destroyers.

Author: J.V. (ten yrs. old)

 

 

Related Posts:

First Peoples Index  

 

Further reading:

Pequot War Guide