|Metepenagiag Heritage Exhibit
Where Spirits Live
ancient times our ancestors established a village where the Little
Southwest and the Northwest Miramichi Rivers meet. The village was
called Metepenagiag and, here for nearly 3000 years, generation
after generation flourished. The river provided an abundance of
fish while the forests offered shelter and many other necessities
Today, we the Mi'kmaq people of Metepenagiag(Red Bank), have not
forgotten our ancestors nor our deep bond with the Miramichi River.
The words of our Elders, a renewed spirituality and our nationally
recognized historic sites (Augustine Mound, Oxbow), have combined
to awaken the past, to rekindle cultural pride and to offer hope
to future generations.
at Red Bank First Nation invite you to sample our rich cultural
heritage. Our community overlooks the picturesque Little Southwest
Miramichi. Metepenagiag-tjitjagamitj eimootltjig- Where Spirits
Live brings you in touch with this unique place and a special people.
Come and view our award winning movie, listen to our songs and stories,
see the tools used by our distant ancestors or shop for a unique
gift hand crafted by our Mi'kmaq artisans. The exhibit is open daily
from 9am - 4pm from June 1st to September 15th.
Our current exhibit offers a mere glimpse of what our community
has to offer. In partnership with various agencies and organizations,
we at Red Bank First Nation are planning to develop a Heritage Park.
The future Park will be a place where our culture and heritage can
be fully experienced and appreciated. For today, everyone is welcome
to visit and enjoy our preview exhibit.
The Augustine Mound (Otgotagnoenagamigiq)
1972, when reading a magazine about the discovery of an ancient
burial ground in Arizona, Joseph Mike Augustine remembered a similar
mound nearby. He could remember going there with his father years
before and that is when his curiosity was sparked. The next day
he took his shovel and went to inspect the mound. His findings were
unbeliveable. When he brought them home, his oldest daughter, Madeline
thought that her father had found gold because Joe handled the artifacts
with such care. He told her what he had remembered the day before
and that he had gone today to inspect. So he took her along the
next day and together they found the links to the past that were
aged more than 2000 years. Later this mound that Joe had remembered,
was named after him. "The Augustine Mound" and a nearby
hunting ground proved that there was life in this area more than
2000 years ago.
Years of study at the Oxbow village site have provided excellent
information concerning the Miramichi Mi'kmaq of the past. The Oxbow
archaeology established the Mi'kmaq community of Red Bank as New
Brunswick's oldest occupied village. Metepenagiag is truly an ancient
Although it was farmed until 40 years ago, the Oxbow site is today
covered by a dense growth of hawthorn bushes. Prior to European
contact this same land served as a Mi'kmaq fishing village for over
At Oxbow and at the other large ancient Metepenagiag villages the
record of settlement is sparce during the 16th and 17th centuries.
the spring of 1995 "The Village of Thirty Centuries" was
released to the public.
This movie, which took three years in the making, is about The thirty
century year old community of Metepenagiag.
This movie can be viewed, for free, at the Metepenagiag Heritage
Exhibit or Preview here.
To purchase this video you may contact :
Phone: (506) 836-6117(w)
Phone (506) 836-7602(h)
English Video $35
French Video $40
- New Brunswick's Oldest Village
The traditional name for the native community of Red Bank on the
Northwest Miramichi river is Metepenagiag. Since 1975 over one hundred
archaeological sites have been discovered in the Red Bank area.
Several ancient campsites and a ceremonial site have been excavated.
In recognition of their outstanding contribution to Canadian history
both the Oxbow and the Augustine Mound sites have been declared
National Historic Sites by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board
of Canada. Joseph Augustine, the Red Bank resident who first recognized
the cultural and historical value of these sites, has been presented
with New Brunswick's distinguished Award for Heritage.
The Red Bank archeological research has produced evidence about
how the Miramichi Micmac lived in the past. This richly illustrated
book offers a glimpse of what life may have been like at Metepenagiag
prior to the coming of the Europeans.
Archaeologist Patricia Allen has enjoyed over ten years of research
in New Brunswick's Miramichi district. Work at Red Bank's Ancient
Oxbow site inspired this publication.
This book may be purchased
from Metepenagiag Heritage Exhibit and Tour,
76 Shore Rd., Red Bank, NB
or by contacting us by
phone at 506-836-6179,
via Fax at 506-836-6172,
email at heritageexhibit@hotmail
or through the mail at PO Box 293, Red Bank, NB E9E 1S2
The price of the book is $12.00 Canadian
We accept Visa or Cheque
*This exhibit is a joint project of the Red
Bank First Nation; the New Brunswick Department of Municipalities,
Culture and Housing; the New Brunswick Regional Development Corporation;
the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development; and the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency - Canada/New Brunswick Regional
Economic Development Agreement.