Micmac New Testament Selections
Micmac New Testament Selections. [The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, with the Epistles and Revelation].
Halifax: Nova Scotia Printing Company, 1875. (00451)
Separate portions of the Bible in Micmac, an Algonquin language with speakers primarily located in Canada’s Atlantic Provinces and the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec, were first printed in the second half of the nineteenth century. Translated by Silas Tertius Rand (1810–1889) of the Micmac Mission, nearly all of these early editions, including this 1875 volume of selections from the New Testament, were published in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Three separate writing systems were utilized in publishing the Micmac language: the Pitman phonetic script used in this volume, roman characters, and ideographic characters developed by Father Charles Kauder (active mid-nineteenth century) for a catechism published in 1866 at Vienna.