Engraving of a Mi'kmaq man holding a musket.

The Mi’kmaq had long known about the glittery substance which they named "wisosooleawa" or “brown silver”. Mi'kmaq hunting guides accompanied both Captain L'Estrange and John Gerrish Pulsifer when they made their documented discoveries of gold in Nova Scotia.

Alicia Anne Jeffrey; Unknown.
c. 1849
Nova Scotia, CANADA
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