Wa'so'q Partridge Island

In this video, Gerald Gloade introduces one of the most storied Kluskap places, Partridge Island, called wa’so’q (heaven) in the Mi’kmaw language.

Partridge Island, across the Bay of Fundy from Cape Blomidon, Nova Scotia, is a site of many Kluskap legends. These stories, passed down through generations of Mi’kmaw people, describe the natural world where our ancestors lived. Many describe local landmarks where our people could find resources necessary for their survival. On Partridge Island you can still discover semi-precious stones like amethyst and jasper, as well as other glass-like rocks our ancestors used in tool- making and other purposes.

No wonder Partridge Island is called Wa’so’q, meaning heaven, in the Mi’kmaw language.

Kluskap makes an amethyst necklace for his grandmother. Artwork by Gerald R. Gloade.

Kluskap makes an amethyst necklace for his grandmother. Artwork by Gerald R. Gloade.

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