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A First Reading Book in the Micmac Language
Comprising the Micmac numerals, and names of he different kinds of Beasts, Birds, Fishes, Trees, &c.


The primary object of this little work, is to aid the Indians in learning to read. It is also designed to aid them in learning English. Hence every Indian word is translated. They are not interlined^ but placed opposite, in a separate column, so as to render everything as distinct as possible.

It is believed, too, that many of the white people will be glad to avail themselves of the facility thus afforded for becoming acquainted in some measure with that truly wonderful language, native Nova Scotian. As this language contains no sounds that the English vocal organs are not accustomed to, and as by the arrangement adopted the pronunciation and the meaning of every Indian word Inserted in the book, can be learned with very little trouble, it is presumed that an important object will be in this respect gained. The writer is happy to know that many of the Micmac Indians have during the last fifteen years learned to read. A small edition of a “Micmac First Reading Book” did good service ; but it has for some time been exhausted. A determination to learn to read has been aroused among the Indians everywhere. It should be fostered by every legitimate means. Such a book as is here presented to the public cannot but be beneficial in promoting so desirable an object A summary of the contents is given in the title page. While the white children—aye, and older people too— are learning to count in Indian, and also learning what the Indians call the animals, &c., &c., they will be teaching as well as learning; and thus that mutual good-will and confidence which the writer is happy to know has been originated and fostered between the two races, during the last twenty years, will be increased.

It is scarcely necessary to add, that in naming beasts, birds, fishes, trees, plants, &c., &c., in English, pains have been taken to ascertain and give as correctly as possible, the popular name, and that alone. Mistakes will doubtless have occurred, but great pains have been taken to avoid them.

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In addition we bring you the book "Dictionary of the Language of the Micmac Indians" who reside in Nova Scotia" by Rev. Silas Tertius Rand, D.D., LL.D.

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