Ni'n na L'nu: The Mi'kmaq of Prince Edward Island

By A J B Johnston and Jesse Francis

General non-fiction | Paperback


This lavishly-illustrated book tells a story through words and images that has never before been told, not in any single book. The focus is entirely on the Mi'kmaq of the Island, an island which for thousands of years has been known to the Mi'kmaq and their ancestors as Epekwitk. That name means "cradle on the sea" and no more poetic description of PEI has ever been penned. The story of the PEI Mi'kmaq is one of adaptation and perseverance across countless generations in the face of pervasive change. Today's environment is far from what it was millennia ago. So too, the economy, society, lifestyle, language and religion of the people has witnessed some dramatic shifts. Nonetheless, despite all the changes, today's Mi'kmaq feel deeply connected to the Island in its entirety and to their ancestors and the values they still share. This book tells those many stories, and communicates much more. While the book is a stand-alone publication, it is also a companion to a travelling exhibition of the same name.


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This lavishly-illustrated book tells a story through words and images that has never before been told, not in any single book. The focus is entirely on the Mi'kmaq of the Island, an island which for thousands of years has been known to the Mi'kmaq and their ancestors as Epekwitk. That name means "cradle on the sea" and no more poetic description of PEI has ever been penned. The story of the PEI Mi'kmaq is one of adaptation and perseverance across countless generations in the face of pervasive change. Today's environment is far from what it was millennia ago. So too, the economy, society, lifestyle, language and religion of the people has witnessed some dramatic shifts. Nonetheless, despite all the changes, today's Mi'kmaq feel deeply connected to the Island in its entirety and to their anc...


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A. J. B. Johnston is the author of two novels and fourteen books of history, including Endgame 1758: The Promise, the Glory and the Despair of Louisbourg's Last Decade; Grand Pré: Landscape for the World; Control and Order: The Evolution of French Colonial Louisbourg, 1713–1758; Life and Religion at Louisbourg, 1713–1758; and Storied Shores: St. Peter’s, Isle Madame, and Chapel Island in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. The government of France made him a chevalier of its Ordre des Palmes académiques in recognition of his body of work. He can be reached via email at: readersturn@gmail.com Since he began working for the Prince Edward Island Mi’kmaw community in 2001, Jesse Francis has managed a wide variety of culture and heritage projects. He led the development of the travelling exhibition- also entitled Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island - to which this book is a companion. Jesse is Manager of Joint Projects for the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI and Parks Canada. He lives in Wellington, Prince Edward Island with his wife Moira and their three children.


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A. J. B. Johnston is the author of two novels and fourteen books of history, including Endgame 1758: The Promise, the Glory and the Despair of Louisbourg's Last Decade; Grand Pré: Landscape for the World; Control and Order: The Evolution of French Colonial Louisbourg, 1713–1758; Life and Religion at Louisbourg, 1713–1758; and Storied Shores: St. Peter’s, Isle Madame, and Chapel Island in the Seven...


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