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Time Capsule Winners

(Burial: October 7, 2000 with Capsule to be opened in the year 2025)

Wagmatcook School
Grade 5 & 6 Class
 

Principal: Fred Matthews
Classroom Teacher: Doreen Richard
Location: Wagmatcook First Nation, NS
Burial Date: Not available at this time

Participants:
Doreen Richard (teacher)
Joshua Peck
Kristen Googoo
Trevor Isadore
Melissa Peck
Sharon Peck
Madonna Francis
Cornelia Peck

Erin Anne Isadore
Taraneh Pierro
Justin Peck
Michelle Bernard
Helen Bernard
Evan Googoo
Cory Googoo
Ashley Bernard
Time Capsule Winners
This chart will be attached to the Wagmacook School Time Capsule
Direction
Colour
Time Of Day
Season
Animal
Elements
Life Cycle
East
Black
Morning
Spring
Eagle
Water
Birth
South
Yellow
Noon
Summer
Thunderbird
Fire
Youth
West
Red
Evening
Fall
Bear
Earth
Adult
North
White
Night
Winter
Polar bear
Air
Elder

Items to be placed in the Time Capsule and the reasons why each item was chosen.

Items
 Reason
1) Dream Catcher The Dream Catcher is an important part of our belief system that is represented in Native Legends.
2) Medicine Wheel  The Medicine wheel is used for healing and heals our spiritual, physical, emotional and mental needs.
3) Sacred Colours An explanation of our colours, which can be incorporated into both the dream catcher and medicine wheel together, will explain the division of four in our culture. These divisions will include the directions (N.S.E.W.), sacred animals, stages of life, times of day, seasons and sacred elements, explaining that each one falls within its own colour. In our lives, when everything turns clockwise and we pray that way we will create harmony in our lives.
4) Bible Our cultural aspect of religion can be well represented through the Bible which is now written in both our mother tongue and in the English language. As well, we feel that the Lord's Prayer represented in hieroglyphics is a great representation of the fact that our Native people did have their own form of communication before European contact.
5) Treaties There are number of treaties that we feel should be included as they are an important part of who we are today. Our ancestors were given things in exchange for land and were quickly taken away. Also, information about the Donald Marshall Jr. cases should be included.
6) Music Music is a very important part of our culture and there is never a gathering without the sound of drums and chants. Hearing the drums makes us feel proud of who we are. Music is also a great way to represent the pronunciation of our language.
7) Pictures Pictures bring things to life. We think pictures of our reserve, class and the school are important aspects of this time capsule as they will reflect the growth and cultural progress of our community.
8) Recipes Food also is important as we have many feasts in our culture. Gatherings are our way to share, heal and grow from the inside out. What better way to grow than with a feed of eels, deer, moose, 4-cents cake, salmon and a strong cup of tea? When someone comes to visit, we offer them tea and something to eat. That is part of our sharing.
9) Flags There are two flags that we feel should be represented in this project:
1. The Grand Council Flag which recognizes the alliances and doctrines of the Santool Mawiomi and the Grand Council of the Mi'kmaq Nation.
2. Mi'kmaq Nation Flag which is a symbol of our agreements between the Roman Catholic Church and the Grand Council along with the crest moon which joins them.
10) Wampum Belt  A symbol of our treaties and agreements between various officials. These wampum belts tell stories and are one of the greatest story tellers of all time.
11) Sweet Grass  Sweet grass is our cultural representation of the hair of Mother Earth. It is very important for ceremonial purposes. It is used for purification during prayers. It is very important to let people know that when sweet grass is picked, you must always burn some tobacco at the spot as an offering of thanks. When you take something from the earth you must always give something back.
12) Sacred Plants  Plants from our earth have always been very predominant within our spiritual culture. The four sacred plants are sweet grass, sage, cedar and tobacco. These are carried in a medicine pouch and used for smudging and healing.