Our Designs

The Double Curve

The interpretation of the double curve that we use is of mother earth and nature. Each curve can represent plant life such as leaves and flowers. These plants hold high significance to the Mi’kmaq people in terms of harvesting food, sacred medicines and traditional healing properties. One example of a double curve found on regalia, would be a women’s peaked cap. This peaked cap would be given to a young girl when she became a woman, and as she aged she would add double curves and other designs relevant to the knowledge she had gained. Mi’kmaq people of high importance also donned the double curves in their coats and other clothing.

Design created by Mi’kmaq Artist Melissa Peter-Paul.

The Feather

The Eagle feather is considered the greatest honour when gifted to a person. To receive an eagle feather means you are held in the highest respect. Eagle feathers are also used to smudge and bless people, places, things and gatherings. You will also see some people have eagle feathers in their traditional regalia’s, which they have also been gifted or earned. Eagle feathers are not taken from an animal, only when they collected after they have fallen off, or when an eagle has passed, ceremonies are often performed when this happens as a sign of respect for this gift from the Eagle.

Design created by Ricky Knockwood.

Kwe'

“Kwe’” is the Francis Smith Mi’kmaq dialect meaning “Hello”, or “Goei” in the Pacifique dialect. A local Mi’kmaq artist named Melissa Peter-Paul is who created this design for us, to be a conversation starter between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. By having the Mi’kmaq word for hello on our shirts, we hope to bridge the gap and allow for healthy dialogue in our present day society. Our hope by using this is that this conversation aids in moving towards reconciliation for all of us.

Design created by Mi’kmaq Artist Melissa Peter-Paul.

Mi’kmaq

Previously pronounced as “Micmac”, it is the official name and language of the L’nu people in what is now the maritime Canadian provinces, along with parts of Quebec, Maine and Newfoundland. The word Mi’kmaq originated from a mispronunciation of the word Ni’kmaq which meant “my family/my clan”. It was early settlers who coined the term and continued its use through documentation. The Mi’kmaq people were one of the first people that Italian explorer John Cabot encountered in 1497. It is said that Mi’kmaq language was one of the first languages in the Algonquian language family to branch off, making it one of the oldest languages in this region as well as the largest tribe in Eastern Canada.

Design created by Ricky Knockwood.

L’nu

L’nu is the term the Mi’kmaq use for themselves, L’nuk is the plural term, meaning "human being" or "the people". Our L’nu design originates from ancient Mi’kmaq hieroglyphics found throughout Mi'kma'ki (Atlantic Canada), for example they can be found in stone carvings and clothing. The curves on the design represent the four stages of life, from birth, adolescence, adulthood and moving on to the spirit world. The Mi’kmaq held each stage with high importance and respect.

Design created by Ricky Knockwood.

The Eagle

The Bald Eagle (Kitpu/Gitpoo) is one of the most important and sacred animals for Mi’kmaq people, and many other Indigenous nations in North America. The Eagle symbolizes the messenger who carries our prayers to the Creator, because they fly highest in the sky. The Eagle represents love which is adapted from the Ojibwe Seven Sacred teachings.

Design created by Ricky Knockwood.