• THE YEARS OF THE TIGNISH ARTS FOUNDATION: 1964 – ?

    Tignish, in far-away Lot 1, was settled by Acadian families in 1799, probably to evade having to pay rent to their landlord. They settled in Lot 1, which nobody seemed to care about, around a lagoon called the Green just north of Tignish Harbour. This 1850s map by John Ball in the provincial archives shows the extent of their settlement by that time. In 1811 a group of settlers arrived from Ireland, via New Brunswick, who were better off than the Acadians. A struggle for the best land ensued and by 1880, when the Meacham ATLAS was published, pretty much all the land was taken. Here is the pattern of…

  • MY BOYHOOD YEARS

    Our island cries out to be studied in every possible way. It is, after all, a mass of rock and earth jutting out of the sea, a place of promise where people settled over 10,000 years ago and where still, a small population can, for the most part, thrive with considerable security and contentment. The most basic approach to studying an island is to become familiar with its geology, and from that, its topography – both Greek-derived words. Γαῖᾰ or Gaia, is Mother Earth, and the logos part can signify both form and meaning. So geology means trying to find form and meaning in Mother Earth. Topography is also made…