A Preliminary Note:
What I set down here is but the barest sample of Micmac words.
The principal source for these words, of course, is from the work of Silas Terius Rand (1810-89). Rand was a farmer's son from Canning, Nova Scotia. His life's work was to become the study of the Micmac language, a language he described as "the most marvelous of all languages, ancient or modern. It was marvelous in its construction, in its regularity, in its fullness."1 This by a man, who, it is said, in his prime could speak and write a dozen languages including Latin, Greek and Hebrew.
Rand made his home at Hantsport from 1853 to 1889. He compiled a dictionary that consisted of approximately 40,000 words, translated the bible, and, in his extended writings, "saved from oblivion," wrote of the rich mythological lore of the Micmac.
Another work that I have drawn from is that of Elizabeth Frame, List of Micmac Names of Places. Miss Frame is described of being from Shubenacadie, a place at which the Micmac have long resided. Frame's original work came about as a result of a request for the library of the Massachusetts Historical Society; it was presented at its meeting, June 9th, 1892.
the letter and you will be brought to the beginning of the list of words beginning with that letter.
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The name Malecite, as John Clarence Webster explains, is "derived from the Micmac, Malesse'jik, meaning, "he speaks badly," in allusion to the fact that the Micmacs found the Maliseet language difficult to understand."7
1 As quoted by V. M. Marshall in his article, "Silas Terius Rand and his Micmac Dictionary" as found in NSHQ#5:4 p.393. Rand's dictionary, incidently, was published at Halifax in 1888 by the Nova Scotia Printing Co.
2 See Webster's, essay, "Indians of Acadia and Their Neighbours" as contained in his larger work Letters Journals and Memoirs of Villebon ..., beginning at p. 211.
3 See Jenness' work.
4 Webster's work on Villebon, op. cit., p. 225.
5 See Webster's translation Dièreville's work, fn on p. 73.
6 Hannay, p. 43.
7 Op. cit.
8 See Webster's work, op. cit..
9 See Arthur Eaton's History of the County of Kings (1910), p. 22.
10 Op. cit.
11 For more see the introductory essay, "The Indians of Northeastern North America" by Rousseau and Brown in DCB, Vol. I.
12 See Webster, op. cit..
13 Webster, op. cit., p. 227.
14 Eaton, op. cit., p. 22.
15 See Brown's History of the Island of Cape Breton (1869), p. 15, fn 2.
16 Generally, see Rand's work.
17 Eaton, op. cit., p. 22.
18 Eaton, op. cit., p. 22.
19 Webster, op. cit.