Nanook's Paddling Poetry     Nanook's Paddling Poetry

Wise and welcome is the lore
passed on by our fathers fore
down fading trails of yester-yore,
told and retold evermore.

They learned the lore when they were young.
They feared not the unknown
when legends lived and songs were sung
of portage, pool and stone.

They found the paths that led them deep
into the lonely places,
up mountain high, down river steep
in search of ancient traces.

I sense them near me as I go
unlocking forest's mystery.
Though they passed by long ago,
their lore is living history.

   Nanook of the Nashwaak
    Reach out and touch a rock 

Maliseet Indians
Maliseet chiefs and the clergy meet on the shore of the Saint John River many moons ago.
reenact (197K)
A modern-day re-enactment.

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