Glooscap, the first human and mythic hero of the Mi’kmaq people, was created out of the earth and was given soul and spirit by the sun. His brothers and sisters of the woods and waters gave him the necessities of life. Respect for family and the natural world gave him the tools for survival. And Glooscap came to understand that his purpose in the Mi’kmaq world was to pass on his knowledge to his people.
The Creation myths of Glooscap explain spectacular natural phenomena found in and around Nova Scotia. The world’s highest tides in the Bay of Fundy were formed when Glooscap and a whale came into conflict. The unique geographical formations of Five Islands were formed when Glooscap threw handfuls of mud at a disrespectful beaver.
A giant statue of Glooscap can be seen for miles as you approach the Glooscap Interpretive Centre outside of the town of Truro. Stand alongside this towering monument for a one-of-a-kind photo op, and explore some of Centre’s other offerings:
- Use the audio exhibit to learn Mi’kmaq words and phrases. Words like Malqutg or malqomatl (eat) and emittugwalatl (keep company, visit) can come in handy.
- Explore the Centre's collection of the oldest Aboriginal tools found in Canada along with stunning traditional clothing and craftwork.
- Join in workshops and demonstrations on the Mi’kmaq traditions like the ancient art of quill embroidery and drumming and dancing.
Glooscap himself is your guide on a multimedia journey at the Interpretive Centre. You can use the resources of the Centre to plan your own journey around the Sunrise Trail and Glooscap Trail using the legends of Glooscap and Mi’kmaq heritage as the theme of your excursion.
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