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Hundreds of years ago European explorers sailed across the Atlantic ocean to the shores of an unknown continent. North of the St. Lawrence River they found the land already occupied by a people known as the Micmac. The name Micmac comes from their word nikmag, which means "my kin-friend". the Micmac used this word as a greeting when speaking to the new comers from Europe. Later the French adopted the term and began addressing these Native American friends and allies as nicmags. Over the years the word came to be written as Micmac.
The Micmac, who referred to themselves as the people, lived along the seacoast and rivers of the maritime provinces. Later some settled in parts of New England. Culturally, the Micmac are closely related to the peoples of the Wabenaki-Cluster, which includes the Malecite-Passamaquoddy, the Abenaki and the Penobscot.
The Micmac people were masters at using all the available materials to manufacture the necessities of life. Some of these skills were highly complex, especially the weaving techniques of bark, hemp, grass and porcupine quills. Unfortunately very little Micmac work has survived
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