Mi'kmawey Debert Cultural Centre Trivia
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Mi’kmaw traditional art comes in two popular forms. These are:
Wooden or copper totems
Porcupine quill embroidery and basket-weaving
Soapstone carving and bone or tusk jewelry
Question 1 Explanation:
Porcupine quill embroidery and basket-weaving.
You’re most likely to see an “amaljikwej” in:
Question 2 Explanation:
Raccoons are clever and adaptable creatures, adjusting well to city life. Remember the next time you’re cleaning up after one; that he thinks you live in his back yard.
The Mi’kmaq have a written language system since before Contact with Europeans, true or false?
Question 3 Explanation:
The Mi’kmaq have used a system of hieroglyphics, particularly for religious texts, for centuries. Whether the hieroglyphics representations (i.e. memory aids), but words that can be used to write unique phrases. The first recording of hieroglyphics is in 1677 by a Jesuit priest named Chrestien Le Clercq in the Mi’kmaw community of Nipisiguit along the Miramichi River in New Brunswick. The Mi’kmaw system of hieroglyphics was used to translate numerous religious texts and these texts along the syllabaries can still be found in families and in some museum collections. The use of the hieroglyphics, however, does not change the fact that Mi’kmaw culture is primarily an oral culture in that histories, stories, and everyday life were anchored in conveying knowledge through speaking rather than writing.
The Mi’kmaw game of waltes is a set of playing pieces, shaken in a bowl made of:
Question 4 Explanation:
The bowl was hollowed out of a large burl, or knot, which grew on the trunks of large trees.
If a Mi’kmaw says “kesalul”, how do they feel about you?
They love you
You should run
They think you’re weird
Question 5 Explanation:
“Kesalul” means “I love you”. You might say “kesalul aq nin” (and that means I love you too).
A “matues” is an animal you should never:
Stand in front of
Question 6 Explanation:
Porcupines have sharp barbed quills, which can be painful and difficult if they get lodged in skin.
If you’re speaking, and a Mi’kmaw is saying “e’e”, he or she is:
Wanting you to hurry up
Clearing his throat
Agreeing with you
Question 7 Explanation:
e’e: “yes”. In a conversation, it means a Mi’kmaw is in agreement with you, or understands your point of view.
In 1841 Grand Chief John Denny Jr. was born. Denny was to become the last hereditary Mi’kmaw Grand Chief to:
Allow squatters to buy Mi’kmaq land
Meet officials in traditional clothing
Acquire his title by succeeding his father
Question 8 Explanation:
Mi’kmaw chiefs, whether governing under the provisions in the Indian Act or participating in the Grand Council of Mi’kmaw Chiefs, have since been elected to represent their people.
According to legend, during a contest of power the Creator sent a wind so strong that it took out Kluskap’s hair. Kluskap didn’t know until:
He watched it blow away
He saw his reflection in the lake
It came out in his hands
Question 9 Explanation:
The Creator sent a wind so swift and hard, Kluskap didn’t feel his hair come out until it fell into his hands.
Before the arrival of European settlers, the Mi’kmaq called themselves:
Question 10 Explanation:
The Mi’kmaq referred to themselves as L’nuk, or the people. Settlers who learned the language called them “Mi’kmaq”, or kin-friends. Lentuk means deer.
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