Ashore on Goat Island Part 1
Scot Free III
Frank & Anne
Tue 1 Oct 2019 20:14
Decided to book the hands-on Eskasoni Cultural Journeys Tour yesterday, as wanted to explore Goat Island but unsure whether open to general public. Somewhat touristy but it was an experience.
Keeping warm while waiting for the golf buggy, bitterly cold north easterly winds.
Came ashore on opposite side of Goat Island to the start, so transport was kindly arranged.
Introduced to a number of traditions and crafts. The prelude to the smudging ceremony was drumming. The Eskasoni came second in the latest powwow!
Smudging is a purification ceremony. A bowl of smoking white sage was held in front of each person. Washed our hands in it, wafted it over eyes, mouth, head, ears and chest to cleanse. It smelt nice!
Learnt about wigwam building.
Watched 4 cents bread being made, then cooked it over a fire. Just up F’s street, being the chief bread maker in the household.
Tasted rather good. Compared that to bannock, baked in the oven - much more like cake. Came back with a heavy piece for lunch today.