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A Micmac Legend

A Micmac Legend

A long time ago, the Great Spirit who lived in the Happy Hunting Grounds created the universe and all life. The Wise One enjoyed his creation in the twinkling lights of thousands of stars, the sun and the many galaxies in the universe.

After creating the universe, the Great Spirit sat down to rest. Then he created Glooskap and gave him special spiritual and physical powers. He called Glooskap to share the sacred pipe and said, "Glooskap, I am going to create people in my own image. I will call them Micmac."

The Great Spirit was pleased with this creation. He took out his sacred pipe and again called Glooskap. As the Great Spirit was smoking he noticed a large amount of dark red clay left over. "Glooskap, look at this large piece of clay, the same color as my Micmac people. I will shape this clay into a crescent form and it will be the most beautiful of all places on Mother Earth. It will become the home of my Micmac people."

The great spirit fashioned an enchanting island and called it Minegoo. He dressed her dark red skin with green grass and lush forests of many different kinds of trees, and sprinkled her with many brightly colored flowers. Her forest floors were like deep soft carpets which would cushion the moccasined feet of the Micmac people.

Minegoo was so beautiful that it made the great Spirit extremely happy - so happy that he thought about placing Minegoo among the stars. After considering this for a short time, the Wise One decided that Minegoo should be placed in the middle of the singing waters, now known as the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

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