Ownership/Collection: Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris
Source: Library and Archives Canada
Reference Number: C-21112
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This Mi'kmaq man has light hair and European features; his accoutrements are also inaccurately depicted. The 1750 account of Swedish botanist Peter Kalm, or the eighteenth-century letters of the Abbé Pierre Antoine Simon Maillard, may be the artist's basis for this engraving; both mention Mi'kmaq men tattooed with crosses and suns. This engraving was published in an encyclopedia by J. Grasset St-Saveur, "ci-devant vice-consul de la Nation française en Hongrie."
men; tattooing; weapons; axes; arrows; quivers; animals; hares; birds; loincloths; moccasins