Nova Scotians of all ages can learn about Mi’kmaq legends during a special talk and then join a beach walk at Partridge Island, a significant historical, cultural and geological site.
The tour, led by Gerald Gloade, program development officer at the Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre, takes place on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting at the Fundy Geological Museum, 162 Two Islands Rd., Parrsboro.
“Coming from a culture where traditional and ecological knowledge was embedded in story form and passed down from one generation to the next, it’s important to look to the places mentioned in the stories,” said Mr. Gloade. “In and around Partridge Island, we have eight different legends of Kluscap that tell us this area was very significant to our ancestors, and being full of culturally significant materials, it can even be said to be sacred.”
Mr. Gloade is a talented artist and educator who has devoted years to researching and sharing information about the geological connections and sites related to the Mi’kmaq legends and cultural history. He will share the legends of Kluskap and the traditional and ecological knowledge of Mi’kma’ki, the land of the Mi’kmaq. This special tour will include a visit to the famous bubbling tides that occur in the area.
“The talk and beach walk by Gerald Gloade is an exciting opportunity for people to learn more about and experience the rich cultural history associated with the important geological sites on the Parrsboro Shore,” said Tim Fedak, director/curator at the Fundy Geological Museum.
The cost is $15 per person and children under 12 are free if accompanied by an adult. Spaces are limited. To register, contact the museum at 902-254-3814. Sturdy shoes are recommended.
After Mr. Gloade gives a short presentation at the museum, participants are responsible for driving five kilometres to Partridge Island.
For more information, visit http://fundygeological.novascotia.ca/events.