by Mike Hunter; Cape Breton University Press

Book Cover. Photo by George Paul.

Sydney – Shubenacadie, Whycocomagh, Tracadie. These are familiar place names to Nova Scotians and to travellers in the province. Less familiar are the origins of those names – Sipekne’katik, We’koqma’q, Tlaqatik – places of significance identifying aspects of the landscape that are integral to the cultural psyche and spirituality of the Mi’kmaq.
The ancient landscapes of Eastern North America are reflected not just in place names, but in the language and cultural expressions of the Mi’kmaq. The rhythms, sounds and patterns of their language are inextricably bound with the seasonal cycles of the animals, plants, winds, skies, waterways and trade routes. This world view examined in a new book co-authored by Saint Mary’s anthropologi ...

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