While among the Pussamaquoddy Indians at Campobello, New Brunswick, their traditions and folk-lore, I expected to find very little indeed. These Indians, few in number, surrounded by white people, and thoroughly converted to Roman Catholicism, promised but scanty remains of heathenism. What was my amazement, however, at discovering, day by day, that there existed among them, entirely by oral tradition, a far grander mythology than that which has been made known to us by either the Chippewa or Iroquois Hiawatha Legends, and that this was illustrated by an incredible
number of tales. I soon ascertained that these were very ancient. The old people declared that they had healed from their progenitors that all of these stories were once sung; that they themselves remembered when many of them were poems. This was fully proved by discovering manifest traces of poetry in many, and finally by receiving a long Micmac tale which had been sung by an Indian. I fo'uid that all the relaters of this lore were positive as to the antiquity of the narratives, and distinguished accurately between what was or was not pre-Columbian. In fact, I came in time to the opinion that the original stock of all the Algoncpiin myths, and perhaps of many more, still existed, not far away in the west, but at our very doors ; that is to say, in Maine and NewBrunswick. It is at least certain, as the reader may convince himself, that these Wabanaki, or North-eastern Algonquin, legends give, withh few exceptions, in full and coherently, many have only reached us in a broken, imperfect form, from other sources. This work, then, contains a collection of the myths ,legends, and folklore of the principal Wabanaki, or Northeastern Algonquin, Indians ; that is to say, ofthe Passamaquoddies and Penobscots of Maine, andof the Micmacs of New Brunswick.
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