Below are pictures from private land legally used as a Mi'kmaq Heritage Park by Benoit First Nation. The reserve is monitored by member George Benoit of Degrau, NL who is our caretaker.
The park has a brook, pond and beautiful rolling hills. The park is accessed in Degrau by Benoit's Road.
Community reserve/park pictures from the Benoit First Nation.
Mi'kmaw Heritage Farm & Park Facebook Page
Benoit 1st Nation Regalia at a Mawiomi:
Traditional clothing as well as dance regalia is deeply significant for the wearer and maker. Each Clan has different animals of significance, such as the Eagle or Kitpu for the Benoit Clan.
To keep our traditions alive, clothing makers adorn traditional clothing with hand-drawn animal images and specifically the Eagle, traditional patterns, and / or traditional Mi'kmaq pictographs.
However designs and symbols also portrayed each dancer's personal spirit/ soul. So each person has a significant symbol or symbols that is connected to them and their spiritual name as given to them by an Elder.
Many female participants wear beautiful shawls whose spirituality help the dancers to keep in touch with their Mi'kmaq roots.
Community farm/park pictures from the Benoit First Nation.
Pictures courtesy of member Harold Rouzes, George Benoit and Chief Jasen Benwah.
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