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Sensitive and enlightening, Cibou is set in 17th-century Mi'kma'ki, territory of the Mi'kmaq of Maritime Canada. The story is that of a young Mi'kmaw woman and her relationship with Jesuit missionary Anthony Daniel - a historical figure who was stationed in Cape Breton - and his brother, Captain Charles Daniel who had established a French fishing and trading post there. ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Cape Breton University Press
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I picked up this book on a trip last summer to Nova Scotia; we were in Evangeline-country, and the interpretive centre beside the Grand Pre church had these well-stocked bookshelves in their gift shop. I'm so glad I bought it: it's been a really, really long time since I read anything positive on the subject of 'first contact', specifically, about interaction between Christianity and First Nations spirituality, so I was pretty excited by that. The author is clearly familiar with the MicMac way ...more
It seems that, so often, novels depicting first contact between European and Aboriginal peoples are from the European point of view. Not so with Cibou, which offers a refreshing glimpse into what contact was like for one Mi’kmaq woman, Mouse, and her people. The novel offers readers a glimpse into what life may have been like in the Mi’kma’ki in the years after first contact, describing spirituality, health, and customs. Author Susan Young de Biagi was clearly committed to her research, and ...more
Oct 04, 2008 Bonny rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone, or if you are interested in a fictional account of Canadian Hitory.
This is a book I really enjoyed reading. It is set in the Canadian Maritimes and is an interpretation of how the missionaries influenced the Indians who lived there. More, it is the story of how a French Priest is eventually accepted and loved. The author drew many parallels between stories of the First Nations people of the area and similar stories of Christianity. I found it a wonderful book to read.