Gift to French godfather in 1610 on display
"A 400-year-old gourd that Grand Chief Membertou gave to his French godfather has returned to Nova Scotia. It dates to the early 1600s, when Samuel de Champlain's French expedition arrived in Mi'kma'ki to start the first European settlement.At the time in 1610 when [Membertou] was baptized, he presented this gourd to his godfather, Charles Robin, who eventually took it back to France and at that time it was decorated in three different stages," he said Tuesday. The illustrations mix French and Mi'kmaq culture. Lewis said finding it again was "a bit of a fluke."