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Miawpukek Mi'kmawey Prayer Book
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TitleMiawpukek Mi'kmawey (Mi'kmaq of Conne River, Newfoundland) Prayer Book in Mi'kmaq hieroglyphics
Alternative TitleMiawpukek Mi'kmawey prayer book
DescriptionManuscript is an early 19th century Newfoundland Mi'kmaw prayer book containing hymns, prayers and other religious texts for use in divine worship according to Roman Catholic observance. The majority of the text is written in a hieroglyphic script which is unique to the Mi'kmaw tradition. There are also a number of annotations in the Mi'kmaw language.The manuscript consists of sewn pages bound with caribou hide encased boards. The pages are made with good quality paper. The text is mostly written in pen and ink, with some pencil as well.
SubjectCatholic Church--Prayers and devotions--Micmac--Texts; Catholic Church--Liturgy--Texts; Catholic Church--Catechisms--Micmac--Texts; Micmac language--Writing; Hieroglyphics
ContributorsMiawpukek Mi'kamawey Mawi'omi
Physical Description138 p.; 35.5 x 23.5 cm.
NoteOn title frame of microfilm: ca. 1810-1812
The manuscript has a leaf with a crown & shield watermark design and the date 1807. as well as a handwritten entry dated 1812; the latest date noted is 1892. The papermaker's name appears as J. Jellyman [located in Salisbury, Dowton, Wiltshire, England] 1807. There are also numerous notations and additions, some apparently quite recent.
Microfilmed in 1999 with the permission of the Conne River Mi'kmaq Band Council, Conne River, Newfoundland, from the original manuscript, completely restored in 1998-1999 by David Hanington, Conservator, Canadian Conservation Institute
Resource TypeManuscript
SourceMicrofilm Reel no. M-8638 Library and Archives Canada, 1999
CollectionMiawpukek Mi'kmawey Prayer Book
Other FormatPhotographic facsimile of original. 152 sheets (35 x28 cm.) unbound in archival box (Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries). -- Facsimile also available in Archives and Special Collections, Memorial University Libraries, COLL-318.