Mi’kmaq Mawiomi celebrated at White Point
While you may know us as White Point Beach Resort, Nova Scotia, long before we came into being 90 years this area known as Kespukwitk. For more than 10,000 years, ancestors of today’s Mi’kmaq lived off and from the land in sync with the rhythm of Mother Earth.
As part of our 90th Anniversary festivities in 2018 during October, Mi’kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia, we honoured the ancestors of our neighbours and friends by joining with Sipuke’l Gallery and members of Acadia First Nation to present our 2018 Mi’Kmaq Mawiomi.
Oct 12-14 we presented a number of experiences and opportunities for guests to meet with members of our Mi’Kmaq community and learn about this aspect of our rich heritage, culture and history.
Many thanks to everyone who accepted our invitation to assist us in presenting this incredible and memorable weekend , and here’s to knowing there will be many more.
On Friday evening we kicked off with Artist in Residence, Ed Benham, Mi’Kmaq Carver and creator of the impressive paddles that hang proudly in our Main Lodge. Meet Ed in this short video interview we did with him.
Saturday was a great day. Judy Boutilier from Sipuke’l Gallery helped us host our Artist Showcase which was welcomed by all of our guests in the afternoon.
Meet our Artists who were onsite:
Jacquie Boucher is a new artist to us here at White Point Beach Resort. We give thanks to our partner Sipuke’l Gallery who helped us host our Mi’Kmaq Mawiomi (Oct 13/18) for introducing us to Jacquie. Her works are intriguing and engaging, the colours drawing you in with every stroke. As she suggests, clouds are the focus of her pieces, the visions that come to her from her ancestors take their place on her canvas.
Meet Jacquie, explore her work, and enjoy!
Watch Video now.
Pat Garrison only recently discovered her lineage connects her to Mi’kmaq roots through her father. It’s a discovery she’s embraced enthusiastically. Her path of discovery is woven into her work as each basket comes into being. Having learned the skill from John Andrew Francis, a member of Acadia First Nation known for his weaving, while you won’t find her work in many places, you will find it close to her home in Lunenburg. Drop into Sipuke’l Gallery in Liverpool to see her work and learn more. We love how much fun and passion she has with her creations.
Meet Pat now (watch video).
Cherry Whynot has been an artist and friend of White Point for years. Not only have we presented her works of art to our guests in our Gift Shop and annual showcase in November, as an Elder, she’s been sharing her culture and heritage through events. Hosting experiences, leading the Honour Song, Smudges and guiding us through many workshops in leather and beadwork.
As a member of Acadia First Nation with works exhibited here and Sipuke’l Gallery in Liverpool, it was a pleasure to have Cherry join us for our Oct 13/18 Mi’Kmaq Mawiomi Artists Showcase.
Meet Cherry now (watch video)
Crow Eddy is a neighbour and friend. While his works are available from our Gift Shop year round, it was an honour to have him join us for our Oct 13/18 Mi’Kmaq Mawiomi in honour of Mi’Kmaq History Month. Not only did he share his work as an artist, he also led and hosted our Bonfire Gathering sharing drumming and sharing legends and stories under the stars.
Meet Crow now (watch video).
Later Saturday afternoon we dove into 10,000 years Unearthed: Artifacts Speak Volumes with special guests Roger Lewis, Curator of Ethnology and Katie Cottreau-Robbins, Archaeology Curator, Nova Scotia Museum. They shared insights and artifacts found within the Acadia First Nation area, in Kespukwitk. Artifacts collected from archaeological digs on the Mersey River bed, from Shell Middens in T.H. Raddall Park and findings present in Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.
As darkness fell, we gathered around the bonfire with Crow Eddy as he shared a special evening of drumming and legends as we roasted luskinikn overlooking the Atlantic Ocean!
Sunday morning a small but very interested group of folks joined us for our Plant Walk led by Rita Baruss. Rita is a professional gardener with expertise in working with both domestic and native plants which she put to great use on our Woodland Trail. She leaned on Laurie Lacey for insights to enhance our experience, in lieu of Laurie not being able to join us ‘in person’!
On behalf of all of us here at White Point and our guests, thank you to our partners and friends who helped us create and host such a very special weekend.