"The Micmac people" Halifax Local Custom Tip by Bjorgvin

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The Saga of Eric the Red and Greenlanders´ Saga tell us the story of Eric the Red?s children and retainers who sailed southwest in search of Vinland the Good. The land they discovered was inhabited by the people the Greenlanders called ?skraelings? (or savages). These events took place in the early 11th century and the ?skraelings? are believed to have been the Micmac people, making them the first Native Americans to have contact with Europeans. The Micmac, who originally occupied Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Massachusetts, and Maine, were primarily fishermen and hunters, and their language belongs to the Algonquian family of languages. Today the Micmac population in Canada and U.S. combined is over 25,000.

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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