The Mi’kmaq People have been here since the ice began to melt over this great land. They learned the medicines in nature to keep them healthy and they hunted the animals of the land and fished the waters of the sea. During the summer months they would gather in large community groups to celebrate, dance and sing. When the cold winds started to blow, they would go off in their own little family units to survive the winter. It was a hard life and it was always a struggle to make it through the long cold winters. One thing is certain, at night—by the campfire under the stars—those families would tell stories, stories about who they were, where they came from, and all the lessons they needed to learn about life. Those stories passed on traditions, songs, language and the culture of the Mi’kmaq People.
Mi’kmaq Campfire Stories of Prince Edward Island by Acorn Press author Julie Pellisier-Lush and illustrator Laurie Martin presents just a couple of those stories that were passed down through generations. Hear them, learn from them, experience them, but most of all, enjoy them.
Julie Pellissier-Lush M.S.M is an actress and bestselling author of My Mi’kmaq Mother, poet laureate for PEI, recipient of the Queens Jubilee Medal in 2013, the Meritorious Service Medal recipient in 2017, and the Senators 150 metal in April 2019. She writes, acts, and does photography to preserve the history and culture of the Mi’kmaq for future generations.
Laurie Ann Marie Martin is a graphic and freelance artist. Her graphic design business Laurs Graphics focuses on illustrating Mi’kmaw culture, legends and matching them to curriculum outcomes to create educational packages for schools.
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