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The other six were Pictou, Memramcook, Restigouche, Eskegawaage, Shubenacadie, and Annapolis.
The first three of these formed a group known as Sigunikt; the other three formed another group known as Kespoogwit.
The Gaspesians are a band of Micmac differing somewhat in dialect front the rest of the tribe.
The Bay d’Espoir is a long inlet of the sea, extending up country over a score of miles.
The district is hilly, and is covered by a forest of rather small trees, spruce and birch, but further inland the hills are generally bare.
Biard says that “in summer the shape of their houses is changed; for they are broad and long that they may have more air.” There is all evident attempt to show these summer bowers in the map of Jacomo di Gastaldi made about 1550 given in vol. Their government was similar to that of the New England Indians; polygamy was not common, though practiced to some extent by the chiefs; they were expert, canoemen and drew much of their subsistence from the waters.
Cultivation of the soil was very limited if practiced at all by them, when first encountered by the whites. they divided their country, which they called Megumage, into 7 districts, the head-chief living in the Cape Breton district.
The Micmacs have a system of communicating while in the woods.