Saturday, February 20, 2016

Blue Spectral Night/ Blue Lunar Eagle - Galactic Hawk Moon of Integrity, Day 14

Gabe Paul - Maliseet - 1912:
Gabe Paul - Maliseet - 1912.

The Wolastoqiyik, or Maliseet (English pronunciation: /ˈmæləˌsiːt/, also spelled Malecite), are an Algonquian-speaking First Nations people of the Wabanaki Confederacy. They are the Indigenous people of the Saint John River valley and its tributaries, and their territory extended across the current borders of New Brunswick and Quebec in Canada, and parts of Maine in the United States. The Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, based in Maine, are the federally recognized tribe of Maliseet people in the United States. Today Maliseet people have also migrated to other parts of the world.

The people called themselves Wolastoqiyik after the Wolastoq River at the heart of their territory. Wolastoq means "Beautiful River". (English colonists later named it as the Saint John River.) Wolastoqiyik means "People of the Beautiful River," in Maliseet. The Maliseet (Malecite) have long been associated with the Saint John River in present-day New Brunswick and Maine. At one time their territory extended as far as the St Lawrence River. Their lands and resources are bounded on the east by Mi'kmaq, and on the west by the Passamaquoddy and Penobscot, who also spoke related Algonquian languages.

At the time of European encounter, the Wolastoqiyik were living in walled villages and practicing horticulture (corn, beans, squash and tobacco). In addition to growing crops, the women gathered and processed fruits, berries, nuts and natural produce. The men contributed by fishing and hunting. Written accounts in the early 17th century, such as those of Samuel de Champlain and Marc LesCarbot, refer to a large Malécite village at the mouth of the Saint John River. Later in the century, sources indicate their headquarters had shifted upriver to Meductic, on the middle reaches of the Saint John River.

With the gradual cessation of hostilities in the first quarter of the 18th century, and with the beaver supply severely diminished, fur trading declined. There was little possibility for the Maliseet to return to their traditional ways of life. Their style of seasonal, shifting agriculture on the river was curtailed by the encroachment of European settlers. All the while, the land itself was becoming well known to wealthy elites who took advantage of the quality hunting and sport-fishing spots scattered throughout the province. They took all the farmland along the Saint John River, which was previously occupied by the Maliseet, and left many Aboriginal people displaced.


Kin 53: Blue Spectral Night

I dissolve in order to dream
Releasing intuition
I seal the input of abundance
With the spectral tone of liberation
I am guided by my own power doubled.

The dimension of art is the dimension of universal self-creation.*

*Star Traveler's 13 Moon Almanac of Synchronicity, Galactic Research Institute, Law of Time Press, Ashland, Oregon, 2015-2016.

 The Sacred Tzolk'in

Anahata Chakra  (Silio Plasma)

No comments:

Post a Comment