Denys, Nicolas, 1609?-1686?. Description and natural history of the coasts of North America (Acadia):

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Title: Description and natural history of the coasts of North America (Acadia):

Published By: Toronto: The Champlain Society, 1908. xvi, 625 p.: [incomplete]

By line: by Nicolas Denys ; translated and edited by William F. Ganong

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

Culture: Mi'kmaq (NJ05)

Subjects: Hunting and trapping (224); Fishing (226); Burial practices and funerals (764); Food preparation (252); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Dwellings (342); Nuptials (585); Normal garb (291); Medical therapy (757); Shipbuilding (396); Domesticated animals (231); Alcoholism and drug addiction (733); Sociocultural trends (178);

Abstract: This source, dealing with the customs of the Indians of Acadia (Micmac), was written during the latter half of the 17th Century while the author served as Governor and Lieutenant-General to the King of France, in the land then known as Acadia or New France. The writer has attempted to present in this source an orderly and complete treatment of the ethnography of the Micmacs with whom he had considerable contact during the years he lived in New France. Although the final result of his efforts may fall short of the more 'polished' works of Le Clercq and Lescarbot, it does make amends for this by giving in more minute detail accounts of the daily activities of the Indians. Data presented in this source pertain to: foods and food preparation, woodworking, infant and child care, division of labor by sex, dwellings, hunting, fowling, fishing and related activities, marriage customs, work in skins, clothing, ornaments, recreation, use and construction of pipes, funeral practices, and cultural changes brought about in ancient customs as a result of contact with Europeans.

Document Number: 3

Document ID: nj05-003

Document Type: Component part(s), monograph

Language: English

Note: Only pages 399-452 and the map following page 240 of the original text have been processed for the files.

Field Date: 1633-1671

Evaluation: Government Official-5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 1961: John Beierle; 2009

Coverage Date: 1633-1671

Coverage Place: Nova Scotia (Acadia), Canada

LCSH: Micmac Indians


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