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John Nick Jeddore (CA)

Moccasin Tracks: A memoir of Mi'kmaw life in Newfoundland

Moccasin Tracks: A memoir of Mi'kmaw life in Newfoundland

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John Nick Jeddore’s richly detailed memoir begins when he was a boy in the 1920s and 1930s. His historical account makes a major contribution to our understanding of life “on the country” and in Conne River, Bay D'Espoir, as well as what it was like to be confined to a tuberculosis sanatorium and to serve overseas in the Forestry Service during WWII. John Nick recounts a lifetime of following in his ancestors’ footsteps and reflects on his attempts to reconcile that heritage with a changing social and cultural world. His book will serve as an important legacy for many generations of scholars and general readers.

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Memorial Univ. Press


John Nick Jeddore is a Mi'kmaw elder, living in Conne River, Bay D’Espoir. A long-time local entrepreneur, he has also been an active and prominent member of the community, serving as the first president of the Conne River Native Council and as a councillor with the Miawpukek Band Council. John Nick has always taken pride in keeping traditions alive. He is often invited to the local school to share his knowledge, memories, and experiences with the students, whom he hopes will in turn pass on his stories to their own children some day. Now in his 90s, John Nick likes to keep busy by carving wooden replicas of eel spears, exercising on his treadmill, cooking, keeping in touch with friends and family through social media, and travelling. He still enjoys a meal of fish and wild meat, and is grateful that community members often share their catch with him. John Nick is the recipient of several awards, including the "Tradition Bearer" Award from the Historic Commemorations Program (2012), the Seniors of Distinction Award for being a "Keeper of Knowledge" (2010), a Lifetime Achievement Award for Long-time Entrepreneur from the Atlantic Aboriginal Achievement Awards (2007), and the Donald Marshall Memorial Elder Award (2005).

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