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ISBN: 9781771083362

Old Man Told Us (new edition)

  Author:   Ruth Holmes Whitehead    
  Publisher:  Nimbus Publishing

The Mi’kmaq people have been living in what is now Atlantic Canada for two thousand years or more, yet written history has largely ignored them, presenting them merely as a homogeneous mass or as statistics. Renowned Micmac specialist Ruth Holmes Whitehead, formerly staff ethnologist and assistant curator in history at the Nova Scotia Museum, tries to redress that omission by restoring to the collective memory a true sense of the Mi’kmaq. In this rich collection, oral and written, Mi’kmaq accounts juxtapose contemporary European perceptions of native peoples, as documented in letters, journals, court cases, and much more. Above all, The Old Man Told Us is a historical jigsaw puzzle, a display of fragments of broken mirror in which one can capture moments in the lives of particular people. It is a book of excerpts from whatever scattered documentation has survived over the centuries.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title:9781771083362
Item NB1228
PublisherNimbus Publishing
PublisherNimbus Publishing
Published onJuly 7 2015
Language eng
Pages 400
Format Paperback
Dimensions9.5(in) x 6.5(in)
Shipping weight200(g)
Status ACTIVE TITLE
Ruth Holmes Whitehead is a renowned Mi'kmaw historian and ethnologist. She has worked with the Nova Scotia Museum for over forty years, first as assistant curator in history and now as research associate. She is the author of several books, including Six Mi’kmaq Stories and The Old Man Told Us. She lives in Halifax.