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Taboos- mores so strong that their violation is considered to be extremely offensive and unmentionable (incest).

Folkways- informal norms or everyday customs.

Laws- formal, standardized norms that have been enacted by legislatures and are enforced by formal sanctions. (civil: disputes between individuals or groups; criminal: dealing with public safety or well-being)

Values, Customs, and Traditions of the Mi’kmaq Nation

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Jot Notes

The Spirit is Present in All of Nature

All things have a spirit and we must show respect to the spirit, in interacting with nature

Work in harmony with nature

Recognize what we use for our use

Do not apologize for needs, but accept the interdependence of all things

Respect for Elders

Elders not only hold the knowledge of our ancestors, but they also have the language through which the knowledge must be shared to the youth

Elders help the young to become good Mi’kmaq citizens through emotional and spiritual strength

The Elders are the keepers of the sacred lessons of tribal harmony

Mi’kmaq Language is Sacred

Language is holy and sacred and through it comes knowledge, wisdom and understanding

The Creator gave the Mi’kmaq people language to transmit knowledge

The language uses verbs (action words and descriptors) versus nouns (identifiers)

They also recognize the importance of

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