Monday, May 26, 2014

Mi’kmaq Traditional Knowledge: Eels and the Bras d’Or Lakes

The relationship of Mi'kmaq to the eel
"In order to understand how Mi'kmaq posses such knowledge, it is important to understand the relationship of Mi'kmaq to the eel. This relationship is one of reverence and holds as special place in Mi'kmaq spirituality.  Eels and all living and non-living objects posses a spirit. The eel in particular was offered to Klooscap, the Creator for a successful hunt and as thanks. The eel was not wasted or over-exploited. The Mi'kmaq practiced "take what was needed" ethic. Eels were reserved for ceremonies and feasts and are important during mid-winter feasts as an offering for surviving another harsh winter."