un micmac (mik-mak): an intrigue, a scheme, or a secret practice with a guilty–or seemingly guilty–aim.
Language: The Mi’kmaq language, Mi’kmawi’simk, is an Algonquian language spoken by 8000 Indians in the Canadian Maritimes (particularly Nova Scotia) and a few US communities in the Northeast.
The Mikmaqs were good at fishing and hunting large game like caribou and moose. Micmac men also went to sea to harpoon seals, walrus, and even whales. Other foods in the Micmac diet included berries, squash, and maple syrup made from tree sap.
Mi ‘ kmaq are among the original inhabitants of the Atlantic region in Canada, and inhabited the coastal areas of Gaspé and the Maritime Provinces east of the Saint John River.
verb (used with object), mim·icked, mim·ick·ing. to imitate or copy in action, speech, etc., often playfully or derisively. to imitate in a servile or unthinking way; ape. to be an imitation of; simulate; resemble closely.
Below are samples of simple conversations with their English translations demonstrating the basic greetings in Mi ‘ kmaq. WikiLang/ Mi ‘ kmaq Lesson 1: Greetings.
|Mi ‘ kmaq text||English translation|
|– Kwe’, welta’si na’ nike’ pekisin. – Kwe’, wela’lin wet-tluen.||– Hello, I’m glad you came. – Hello, thank you for saying that.|
The Mi ‘ kmaq (properly pronounced ‘meeg mah’, and also spelled Míkmaq) were the dominant tribe in the Canadian Maritimes, but in most ways other than language, they were similar to the Maliseet in New Brunswick and the Abenaki of northern New England.
Chapel Island, NS, Elder, Lillian Marshall, says the Mi ‘ kmaq were fisher-hunter-gatherers. ” Their main foods were meat, fish, wild plants and berries,” she says. Meat and fish were dried and smoked to preserve them.
Because it is plural, the word Mi ‘ kmaq always refers to more than one Mi ‘kmaw person or to the entire nation.
The Mi ‘ kmaq held them in the highest regard and accorded them the utmost respect. Their advice and guidance was considered to be essential to the decision -making process, and thus no major decision was made without their full participation.
The Micmac came under the authority of the Canadian government in 1867.
Mi’kmaq had many different types of canoes, such as a larger canoe for travelling on rivers, large sturdy ocean going canoe, a war canoe for speed and a small canoe which was light and easy to travel with. They were mainly made from birchbark and the other ones were made from animal skin.