Once the Europeans arrived, many Mi’kmaq traditions were lost. However, since the 1960s, they have reunited with their customs and values. They still work to keep these alive.

Pow Wow

Members of the Mi’kmaq community, friends and non-Aboriginal visitors always rendezvous at Pow Wow, a traditional gathering held in the summer. This is an opportunity to celebrate, entertain and discuss. Near the great central fire, there are dances, stories and songs accompanied by large drums. Traditional food (bannock, moose, salmon, trout) is served at Pow Wow.

The Feast of Saint Anne

In 1610, Grand Chief Membertou and members of his family converted to Catholicism. Since that time, every July, the Mi’kmaq have celebrated the feast of St. Anne who is believed to be their protector. Many Mi’kmaq also visit the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré where they meet members of other Aboriginal nations

The Mi’kmaq religion had become a mix of Mi’kmaq and Catholic traditions, but more and more Mi’kmaq have been returning to their traditional beliefs.

Author: Service national du Récit de l’univers social