Well, here were are at the climax of Mi’kmaq History Month. If I’m being honest, I really didn’t know what to write for this. Initially, I felt I needed some grand, sweeping way to cap it all off. But how to accomplish the fact? Nothing came to mind. To make matters worse, a busy weekend of galavanting across Cape Breton has had me a bit run down and under the weather the past couple of days, leaving the neurons to fire a bit sluggishly. On Monday I managed to come up with what I thought was a decent enough idea for a concluding post, although after an unsuccessful trip to the Public Archives in Charlottetown to flesh it out, it was bon voyage to that one.
But as I went back to the drawing board, it occurred to me that maybe I had it all wrong, and that maybe the best way to end it is to simply leave it open-ended. History is fluid after all, always being written and rewritten as our understanding of a subject changes – that’s one of the greatest, and also one of the most maddening things about it. The history of the Mi’kmaq in Prince Edward Island is certainly no exception.
So what this means is that there will be no long-winded rambling today, nor any rambling of the short-winded variety; instead, here are three postcard images for your perusal. I’m not going to provide any interpretation, other than to say that they all date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. That’s it. The rest I leave up to you, to see what you see and to draw your own conclusions. Sometimes history is better that way.
PEI History Guy