Mi’kmaq Legends on Stage

Mi'kmaq Legends: Rabbit

Mi’kmaq Legends: Rabbit

The Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors staged several legends as part of their appearance at the 2016 PEI Community Theatre Festival. Through story, song, and dance they provided a taste of the colourful heritage of the native people of Abegweit. (Abegweit is the Mi’kmaq name of Prince Edward Island.)

One of the legends was “Rabbit” (above)

Another of the stories was “Dancing Boy” where a son tries to learn skills from his father.

Mi'kmaq Legends: Dancing Boy

Mi’kmaq Legends: Dancing Boy

Mi'kmaq Legends: Dancing Boy

Mi’kmaq Legends: Dancing Boy

Mi'kmaq Legends: Dancing Boy

Mi’kmaq Legends: Dancing Boy

I’m not sure which legends these photos belong with, but they are among my favourite shots from their presentation.

Mi'kmaq Legends

Mi’kmaq Legends

Mi'kmaq Legends

Mi’kmaq Legends

Mi'kmaq Legends

Mi’kmaq Legends

This is the fourth in a series of six Theatre Thursdays about the plays staged at the PEI Community Theatre Festival.

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4 comments on “Mi’kmaq Legends on Stage

  1. paulvreeland says:

    Good on you Bunty! I particularly like the legend of Gloosgabe bringing back Summer which I don’t think was portrayed here. To every people a great teacher comes. Gloosgabe (or Gloosecap) was one. Thanks for sharing this.

    • BuntyMcC says:

      They did a different set last year at the Community Theatre Festival, one of which was about bringing back the wind. The problem with being the festival photog is that I don’t follow the story lines very well.

  2. paulvreeland says:

    Just watched the Summer Legend 9NFB) animation. There are different versions of this legend. In the NFB one, Glooscap brings back Summer as a maiden. The one I like is where Glooscap brings back Summer as tobacco which is a symbol of the moral and ethical teachings that enable a people to flourish. Or so it was explained to me by Ernest Johnson of Eskasoni.

  3. Sandra Gaudet says:

    So great seeing these pictures and how successful Mi’kmaq Legends have become!

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