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Mi'kmaq Holdings Resource Guide

Helen Creighton

Helen Creighton (1899-1989) was an internationally-known collector of Maritime folklore, including Mi'kmaq legends. Her vast multiple-media collection contains Mi'kmaq-related photographs, research notes and correspondence, as well as sound recordings of Mi'kmaq people singing, talking and telling stories. — archival description see also website exhibit


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Collection of textual documents relating to Helen Creighton's recordings for the Library of Congress, 1843-1848. Includes lists of Mi'kmaq songs and stories.
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 Vol. 2803 No. 3



Biographical sketches of singers / informants of Helen Creighton recordings, including Mrs. Denny.
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 Vol. 2805 No. 17



Transcriptions of thirteen examples of Mi'kmaq narrative lore collected by Helen Creighton, between c 1942-1959, and a legend titled 'Tanawandah.'
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 Vol. 2806 No. 8



List of correspondence of Helen Creighton relating to the Mi'kmaq (transferred) and a collection of clippings, notes and narratives also Mi'kmaq related.
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives MG 1 Vol. 2806 No. 21



Helen Creighton's album containing general photographs of Mi'kmaq informants of whom she made sound recordings in the 1930s and 40s.
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives Accession No. 1987-178, Album 14



Sound recording of John Augustine of Red Bank regarding a catechism in Mi'kmaq.
Date: 1953
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives Ac 2146



Sound recording of John Augustine of Red Bank regarding the "girl who led Iroquois enemies to death."
Date: 1953
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives Ac 2156



Sound recording of John Augustine of Red Bank regarding Glooscap.
Date: 1953
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives Ac 2146



Sound recording of John Augustine and Louise Manny of Red Bank regarding the younger generation translating songs etc. into Mi'kmaq.
Date: 1953
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives Ac 2146



Sound recording of John Augustine and Louise Manny of Red Bank regarding the history of relations between the Mi'kmaq and the Iroquois.
Date: 1953
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives Ac 2146



Sound recordings of Frank Bernard of Nyanza singing unidentified Mi'kmaq songs.
Date: 1944
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives Ac 2140, 2144, 2257, 2259



Sound recordings of Frank Bernard of Nyanza regarding unidentified Mi'kmaq story.
Date: 1944
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives Ac 2140, 2257



Sound recording of Mrs. Denny of Eel Ground singing a song sung at a Mi'kmaq wake.
Date: 1953
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives Ac 2140, 2259



Sound recording of Mrs. Denny from Eel Ground singing a Mi'kmaq lullaby.
Date: 1953
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives Ac 2140, 2259



Sound recording of John Knockwood singing the National Anthem in Mi'kmaq.
Date: 1944
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives Ac 2141


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