Mi'kmawey Debert Cultural Centre Trivia
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In 1973, which community became the 12th Mi’kmaw band in Nova Scotia?
Question 1 Explanation:
With more than 1,000 members, the Acadia First Nation is comprised of five reserves, which are located in various locations across southwest Nova Scotia.
Never, ever come between a “muin” and her:
Question 2 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’kmaq use sweetgrass, sage, tobacco and cedar for “smudging”. “Smudging” is:
Cleansing with smoke
A kid’s game
Question 3 Explanation:
Mi’kmaq burn braids of sweetgrass, cedar, tobacco, sage and pass the smoke over their bodies and faces to cleanse the mind and spirit. This is a common practice among First Nations; the herb used to smoke varies according to the area. Mi’kmaq also use sweetgrass in basketry.
Mi’kmaq used this to make canoes, cooking pots and homes:
Question 4 Explanation:
Birch bark is a staple material for fashioning many essential items. It is water resistant, light weight and flexible.
The Mi’kmaq have a written language system since before Contact with Europeans, true or false?
Question 5 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.
If you are a “Kwitn”, you are probably:
Sliding over the snow
Question 6 Explanation:
“Kwitn,” a Mi’kmaw birch bark canoe is a sturdy and agile watercraft.
The Supreme Court’s 1999 ruling, the Marshall Decision, recognized the Mi’kmaw right to a moderate living by means of:
Question 7 Explanation:
Donald Marshall Jr., a Mi’kmaw, was pronounced not guilty of the charges of fishing in violation of federal fishery regulations, based on the court’s recognition of Mi’kmaw treaty rights.
Kejimkujik is a:
Question 8 Explanation:
Kejimkujik National Park is located in the southwest region of Nova Scotia. It is home to numerous ancestral sites, including the widely known Mi’kmaw petroglyphs, and connects to the primary river systems in this part of Nova Scotia. The landscape and the drawings have inspired many Mi’kmaw artists and storytellers, and are considered sacred to many Mi’kmaq. There continues to be negotiations over the land at Kejimkujik to determine final ownership of this very important place.
Mi’kmaq use splints pounded out of ash or poplar wood to weave baskets. These thin strips of wood are also sculpted into another popular form:
Question 9 Explanation:
Flowers make good use of spare wood shavings.
In the early and mid 20th Century the Indian Affairs developed introduced the Centralization policy for the Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia. The policy included efforts to:
Provide services from one central office
Deliver services to Indians from urban centers
Move the Mi’kmaw population to two reserves
Question 10 Explanation:
The aim of Centralization was to relocate the Mi’kmaq to two reserves, Eskasoni and Shubenacadie. Promises were made of new houses and work that were not kept.
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