Government of New Brunswick

Wolastoqiyik - Portrait of A People is a photographic journey into the lifestyles, landscapes, technologies and spoken histories of a People. Here since the beginning, Wolastoqiyik possessed a physical, intellectual and spiritual bond with the River Wolastoq (Saint John River), it’s tributaries, lands and forests. Wolastoqiyik, presently referred to as Maliseet, maintained an active lifestyle while at the same time having little impact on the environment.

Wolastoqiyik developed many technological skills perfected through hundreds of generations. Thousands of years of experience produced expert woodworkers, potters, canoe builders, and other special artisans. Often the wisdom of the Creator and the life sustaining teachings of the ancestors are honored through songs, dances, feasts and spiritual ceremonies.

Today there are approximately 4000 Wolastoqiyik living within the province of New Brunswick. An additional 1500 live in nearby Quebec and Maine. All Wolastoqiyik welcome you to enjoy and appreciate this amazing photographic journey.

Acknowledgements - Maliseet First Nations Governments; Department of Canadian Heritage – Museums Assistance Program; Province of New Brunswick/ Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat.

An exhibition dedicated to Kchi Nuhkomosik naka Kchi Muhsumsik (Great-Grandmothers and Great-Grandfathers), whose images present a continuation of Wolastoqkew knowledge ...



Special thanks are offerred to the Institutions, Communities, and individuals that supported this project and or provided photographs:

  • 22nd Chesire Regiment Museum
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization
  • Madawaska Maliseet First Nation
  • Première nation Malécite de Viger (Québec)
  • The Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians (Maine)
  • National Library of Canada
  • New Brunswick Museum
  • New Brunswick Provincial Archives
  • Public Archives of Canada
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of New Brunswick Archives
  • Université de Moncton
  • Saint Thomas University
  • The Maliseet Community at Gagetown
  • Jemseg Archaeology Project
  • Crystal Joscak
  • Jacqueline Launière