Tracking Dr Lonecloud Ruth Holmes Whitehead

ISBN: 9780864923561

Published: September 19th 2002

Paperback

184 pages


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Tracking Dr Lonecloud  by  Ruth Holmes Whitehead

Tracking Dr Lonecloud by Ruth Holmes Whitehead
September 19th 2002 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 184 pages | ISBN: 9780864923561 | 7.78 Mb

Tracking Dr. Lonecloud: Showman to Legend Keeper, by Ruth Whitehead, Nova Scotia Museum ethnologist, is a book that includes the memoir of Jerry Lonecloud, a Mikmaw hunter, healer, and showman. Co-published by Goose Lane Editions and the NovaMoreTracking Dr. Lonecloud: Showman to Legend Keeper, by Ruth Whitehead, Nova Scotia Museum ethnologist, is a book that includes the memoir of Jerry Lonecloud, a Mikmaw hunter, healer, and showman.

Co-published by Goose Lane Editions and the Nova Scotia Museum, the book offers to readers, for the first time, the earliest known Mikmaw memoir.Jerry Lonecloud was born Germain Laksi, on 4 July 1852 in Belfast, Maine, to Mikmaw parents from Nova Scotia. As a youth, he lived in Vermont.

Orphaned at the age of fourteen, he set out on a two-year adventure to bring his two brothers and one sister back to Nova Scotia. Trained in the use of herbal medicine by his parents, Laski fell easily into the role of Doctor Lonecloud in the American medicine shows of the 1880s, including Healey and Bigelows Kickapoo Indian Medicine Company, Buffalo Bills Wild West Show, and his own company, the Kiowa Medicine Show, for which he made the medicines. During the rest of his remarkable life, he sold tonics in South America, prospected for gold, and guided sportsmen into the woods of Maritime Canada as they searched for moose and caribou.

Hunter, healer, and showman, Lonecloud valued, studied, preserved, and passed on many of the traditional ways, stories, and natural medicines of his people.During Doctor Loneclouds travels, he gained a great amount of personal knowledge of different cultures, and in return he shared his vast knowledge of the Mikmaw people, notes Donald Julien, executive Director of the Confederacy of Mainland Mikmaq, in the books preface. A researcher himself, Julien has found Loneclouds name on hundreds of government documents in the provincial and national archives. The story of his many trips from childhood, to when he left this world to join our ancestors, is very intriguing, said Julien.

After Lonecloud met Harry Piers, curator of the Provincial Museum of Nova Scotia, in 1910, the two developed a friendship that continued until Loneclouds death in 1930. Loneclouds great knowledge of natural and social history is reflected in the specimens and artifacts he brought to the museum, and in Pierss meticulous notes on the information Lonecloud provided about the items.Near the end of his life, Lonecloud told journalist Clara Dennis his own story and a wealth of Mikmaw tales, oral histories, jokes and social customs, many previously undocumented. Unpublished until now, this treasure of information, recorded between 1923 and 1929, forms the basis of this book.



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