Mi'kmawey Debert Cultural Centre Trivia
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The first Mi’kmaw to ever receive a National Aboriginal Achievement Award was:
Anna Mae Pictou Aquash
Robert Johnson Jr., MD
Question 1 Explanation:
Robert Johnson Jr., MD, received the award for his achievements at Dalhousie University and is the first Mi’kmaw physician.
Mi’kmaq used this to make canoes, cooking pots and homes:
Question 2 Explanation:
Birch bark is a staple material for fashioning many essential items. It is water resistant, light weight and flexible.
A “mikjikj” always carries her:
Question 3 Explanation:
Turtles are always at home.
A “matues” is an animal you should never:
Stand in front of
Question 4 Explanation:
Porcupines have sharp barbed quills, which can be painful and difficult if they get lodged in skin.
It is safe to keep an “apli’kmuj” as a pet:
Question 5 Explanation:
Many people keep rabbits as pets.
During the colonial period, Mi’kmaw men and women wore these items of clothing as special to Mi’kmaw culture:
Amauti and mukluks
Embellished waistcoats, feathered headdresses and peaked caps
Question 6 Explanation:
Men’s and women’s clothing were richly embellished with beads and embroidery. As with many other eastern First Nations, traditionally, headdresses had feathers that stood up straight at the front of the headdress. The women’s peaked cap is unique to Mi’kmaw culture.
Catholicism is an important part of Mi’kmaw history and of today’s communities. Who is the patron Saint of the Mi’kmaw people?
Question 7 Explanation:
Saint Anne, mother of Mary. Missionaries recognized the respect the Mi’kmaq hold for the role of grandmother as teacher and guardian of culture..
The Mi’kmaq have a written language system since before Contact with Europeans, true or false?
Question 8 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.
Never, ever come between a “muin” and her:
Question 9 Explanation:
Coming in between a bear and her cub can be dangerous. Fair-warning should be given when passing through bear country, so the bear and cub can move out of your path.
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 10 Explanation:
Porcupine quill embroidery and basket-weaving.
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