Saturday, August 8, 2015

Mi'gmaq Ideograms

About Mi'kmaw(Mi'gmaq) 'Hieroglyphics'
Muin'iskw (Jean), Crowfeather (Dan)
Mi'kmaw Spirit Webpage
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In 1652, Father Gabriel Druillettes, a Jesuit missionary to the Abenaki, reports seeing the Mi'kmaq use ideograms to record lessons in the "Jesuit Relations" of that year:

"Some of them wrote out their lessons in their own manner. They made use of a small piece of charcoal instead of a pen, and a piece of bark instead of paper. Their characters are novel, and so individual that one could not know or understand the writing of the other; that is to say, that they made use of certain marks according to their own ideas as of a local memory to preserve the points and the articles and the maxims which they had remembered. They carried away this paper with them to study in the repose of the night."

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