National Geographic : 1949 Oct
© National Geographic Society Painting by W. Langdon Kihn In Summer Camp Beside a Bras d'Or Lake, about 1879, Micmac Tribespeople Make Everything Shipshape for Winter The woman in the foreground is applying pitch to render a canoe watertight. Characteristic is the raised gunwaleor rail amidships designed toprevent waves coming aboard in heavy weather. The worker at the right is scraping a hide with a wooden scraper, while one of hercompanions watches thecooking. The fringed costumes are now seen only in museums. Fearless and warlike, these people occupied all of Nova Scotia, including Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island, and northern New Brunswick. They were probably some of the first Indians encountered by the earliest explorers of the northeast coast ofAmerica.