White moose hide will be part of Mi'kmaq ceremony

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BELLE COTE — The hide of a white moose killed by hunters in the Cape Breton Highlands will be the centre of a four-day Mi'kmaq ceremony.

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Bob Gloade, chief of the Millbrook First Nation near Truro, said the moose hide has been donated by the hunters who shot the animal last week in Belle Cote.

A ceremony will take place next Thursday at MacDonald Beach near Shearwater.

"It will involve a number of traditionalists, people from the Mi'kmaq community, also the hunter and also the individuals from the hunters' outfitters store," said Gloade. "The hide is being prepared now for the ceremony."

Members of Nova Scotia's Mi'kmaq community complained after seeing a photo of the dead moose posted on the Facebook page of Hnatiuk's Hunting & Fishing Ltd., which is located in Lantz, N.S.

The Facebook page states that the animal was killed by three hunters from Hatchet Lake, N.S.

"From my understanding it was a lack of knowing," said Gloade as to why the hunters shot the animal. "They didn't know."

In Mi'kmaq culture, rare white animals such as a white moose or white porcupine, are considered spirit animals and are therefore sacred.

While the province's Department of Natural Resources acknowledges the importance of white moose to the Mi'kmaq, it is not illegal to hunt one.

Gloade said the Mi'kmaq community is using this time to educate people on the spiritual significance of the white moose so that harvesters will avoid killing these types of animals in the future.

Organizations: Millbrook First Nation, Hunting Fishing, Department of Natural Resources

Geographic location: Belle Cote.A, Shearwater, Nova Scotia Lantz Hatchet Lake

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  • Cochise
    October 09, 2013 - 08:43

    Maybe the Mi'kmaq should spend some healing time in trying to understand why this moose offered itself up to the hunter. If you believe in the spirituality of the animal, you will understand that it did not die...rather, it delivered a message. This past spring, some hunted moose during the calving season...maybe they should realize how upset their ancestors are over that. Too many are shooting moose beyond their needs...are wasteful of the moose...and have lost respect for the animal that gave their ancestors life. Those who have taken an irresponsible, abusive approach to the moose, need to pay attention and be made aware of the consequences of their actions. It is the message this moose delivered that is significant...not the moose itself.

    • Traveller looking In
      October 10, 2013 - 06:24

      Well spoken Cochise! You are absolutely correct. The message is loud and clear in Native spirituality. There is definitely healing needed for those who take too much away for sport and personal gain, monetary or otherwise. I recall seeing a video on tv where a Mi'kmaq Man blew smoke onto the snout of a dead moose from his pipe. It is like blowing smoke in someone's face when they are in their most vulnerable state. That is a disrespectful act to the spirit of the moose. A simple tobacco and food offering would have been sufficient. The ancients are not loud and boisterous, they do not demand attention. They are very humble and respectful. It is all about being part of the Earth, not self importance. Cochise is right in saying it is not about the moose itself, it is about messages the spirits of Mother Earth give us everyday. Nature is quiet and strong, we need to learn from this. We need to stop the senseless acts of killing and putting on a show after the fact for personal gain and attention. Quiet humility is the way of our ancestors. There is no anger in truth.

  • Truth Seeking Mikmaq
    October 09, 2013 - 05:28

    I am Mikmaq and we have never had ceremonies for this kind of thing ever for a very long time. It is good to know the Brothers and Sisters are following the ways of our western relatives. It is about time. As far as I can remember it has always been Christianity we believed in. It was not that long ago we had the Holy Mother appear at a home in one of our First Nations. We did not hear of anyone protesting to get rid of the apparition on the wall. What is it that we really believe in? The moose should have been left alone. God Bless You All, May the Great Spirit walk with you in Truth.

  • Grover
    October 08, 2013 - 22:26

    So disgusted to see the racist comments regarding this animal. I wonder how the non-natives would feel if I took a bath in the holy water.

  • Grover
    October 08, 2013 - 22:25

    So disgusted to see the racist comments regarding this animal. I wonder how the non-natives would feel if I took a bath in the holy water.

  • Mike
    October 08, 2013 - 22:17

    Gordon Drake: Maybe you should go to that ceremony to seek healing.

  • Duncan
    October 08, 2013 - 22:13

    I have been a hunter for 50 years, although this animal is not spiritual to me I would never have taken it. Common sense should prevail and tell one that an albino animal is a rarity and should be left. Several years ago I came across a white buck in the Iona area. I could have very easily taken that deer but didn't and hopefully nobody else did either

  • Gordon Drake
    October 08, 2013 - 21:45

    As the headline reads..."White moose hide will be part of Mi'kmaq ceremony"..This is typical. The natives cried and complained until they ended up with something for nothing . I say, let the men who were capable of getting this animal keep their just reward!!

  • kay black
    October 08, 2013 - 19:13

    "They didn't know". They could have used some common sense. Why would anyone want to murder such a beautiful animal? Men and women too, should be ashamed that the kill for pleasure. I don't think it is at all about food. It is about bragging rights - it is disgusting.

    • visionary
      October 08, 2013 - 22:19

      Kay there are no spirits or ghosts,I know because I looked it up on the internet and besides that I stayed in THE HOTEL last nite.