Le Clercq, Chrestien, ca. 1630-ca. 1695. New relation of Gaspesia: with the customs and religion of the Gaspesian Indians

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Title: New relation of Gaspesia: with the customs and religion of the Gaspesian Indians

Published By: Toronto: The Champlain Society, 1910. xvi, 452 p.: [incomplete]

By line: by Father Chrestien Le Clercq ; translated and edited by William F. Ganong …

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Mi'kmaq (NJ05)

Subjects: Missions (797); Religious beliefs (770); Hunting and trapping (224); Fauna (136); Rest days and holidays (527); Medical therapy (757); Disasters (731); Sacred objects and places (778); War (720);

Abstract: This source was written by a missionary of the Reformed Francescan (Recollect) order, during the eleven years (1675-1686) in which he lived among the Micmac (Gaspesian) Indians in what now constitutes the province of New Brunswick, Canada. The source which was originally written in French, has been translated into English and edited by William F. Ganong of Smith College, and it is this English version which appears here. The ethnographic data presented in this source pertain to: topography of the region, origin of the Micmac according to their own tradition and European speculation, birth customs, clothing, ornament and personal toilet, dwellings and family life, food and food preparation, language, religion, mythology, shamans, chiefs, physical appearance and general health of the people, marriage customs, warfare, hunting, recreation and native medicine. In most cases these data appear as incidental information in discussions of missionary activities among the Indians with their concomitant theological implications. The introduction to this source, pp. 1-46, has not been processed since it deals primarily with the physical structure of the book, and a biography of the author, nor have pp. 304-444, since they deal with the author's return to France, and the original French version of the 'New Relations'.

Document Number: 2

Document ID: nj05-002

Document Type: Component part(s), monograph

Language: English

Note: Only pages i-xiii, 47-303, 445-452 and the plates following pages 10, 12, 14, 26 & 28 have been processed for the files.

Field Date: 1675-1686

Evaluation: Missionary-5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 1961: John Beierle; 2009

Coverage Date: 1675-1690

Coverage Place: New Brunswick, Canada

LCSH: Micmac Indians


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