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Canada: DNA Discovery Lends Weight To First Nations Ancestral Story

Posted by Jean-Yves on May 12, 2020

The last of Newfoundland’s Beothuk was thought to have died in 1829 but new research indicates the bloodline did not die out – as Mi’kmaq tradition has always maintained.

When a woman named Shanawdithit died from tuberculosis in Newfoundland nearly 200 years ago, it was widely believed that her death marked a tragic end to her people’s existence. For centuries, the Beothuk had thrived along the rocky shores of the island, taking on a near-mythical status as descendants of the first people encountered by Norse explorers in what is now Canada.

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Edward, I too am related to that couple and Anne Te’wapskit married to Rene Rimbault. There are others.


My 12th gg was Chief Henri Membertou of the Miq’mak Nation.


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