of the following pictures are of the Meuse family. Some of
these pictures can be viewed through the Nova
Scotia Museum Web Site and found in the book entitled
"Lsitkuk" the Story of Bear River Mikmaq, written
by Darlene Ricker. Hope you enjoy strolling back through time
and enjoy some of my favorite pictures. (click
on pictures to make larger)
This is a picture of our Great Aunt Fannie Meuse, taken in
the 1970's. Fannie was the aunt of our dad, Frank Sr., and
she was married to a brother of our Grandfather William (Billy)
Meuse. The fondest memory of Aunt Fannie is her love for tea
and her favorite pipe. She was not a materialistic person
and enjoyed life through inner peace.
is a picture of my Godmother Madeline Harlow (left) and my
Grandmother Rose taken in the early 1900's. I was never fortunate
to meet my Grandmother in life however, I do believe her spirit
exists within me. According to those who did know her, I have
inherited my looks from her.
As a child, I remember Godmother Madeline
Her smile is what I remember the most and her love for cats.
On my visits to her home, which was a little house with small
rooms, I would help clean the floors, wash dishes and in exchange
I would get tea and cookies. This, I believe, contributed
to my cravings of today for a good cup of tea.
is our Dad, Frank Meuse Sr. in his golden years. This picture
was taken the summer of 2002 at Stone Bear Track and Trails
Lodging Retreat when it was first being constructed. Dad is
peeling the bark off poles with a draw knife. The poles were
used to build the teepee that is located on the grounds of
Picture of Great-Grandfather Chief James Meuse and his wife
Glyd Meuse and friend Elizabeth Pictou taken in 1905. Great
Grandfather James is mentioned frequently in many of the history
books found in Nova Scotia. He was a respected leader among
the Micmac Nation and his burial site is found at the St.
Anne's Church cemetery located at the Bear River First Nation
proudly with his great catch of the day is Grandfather William
Meuse, son of Great Grandfather James Meuse. Grandfather William
was well known for his skills in hunting, fishing and guiding
through the woods.
picture dates back to the 1920's.
cute little children are three of the ten children of Grandfather
William and Grandmother Rose (Jeremy) Meuse. Left to right
is: Joe, Oliver and Olive, taken in 1933. Uncle Joe resided
at Indian Brook First Nation where his family still lives.
Uncle Oliver resides in Cahoes, New York with his wife, children
and grandchildren. Aunt Olive passed away giving birth to
her son, Joe who grew up in Bridgewater with his Aunt Fannie
are a few more siblings of Grandfather William and Grandmother
Rose. On the left is Uncle Clarence who died at war and on
the right Uncle Oliver. On the ground is our father, Frank
Sr. who resides at the Bear River First Nation. Picture taken
picture is one of a younger looking dad, Frank Sr. Taken in
1940, he was 14 years old. Later in life he would marry Lois
Kilmer of Troy, New York and have five children after moving
back to Bear River. Today he and Mom Lois have numerous grandchildren
and great children.
Meuse sibling is Bruce. Uncle Bruce enjoyed playing the fiddle
and entertaining. With wife Ilene, they had four daughters
and all grew up at the Bear River First Nation community.
This picture was taken sometime between 1950-1960.
Birch bark creations were an art mastered by many of our past Elders.
Todd Labrador shows his talents in hopes to carry on the tradition.
His web site is listed on the links page.
The Mi'kmaq people spent many hours playing the traditional game of Waltes.
Shown here is a picture of the various items used and eloquently
designed and hand crafted by Todd Labrador.