The Maliseet First Nation and Maize: Jason Hall's Work on "Maliseet Cultivation and Climatic Resilience"
Professor Stiles and the Dal-AC's History 3000 (Rural History) class will be holding a public seminar to discuss the Acadiensis article by Jason Hall, "Maliseet Cultivation and Climatic Resilience on the "Woolastook"/St. John River During the Little Ice Age." Professor Stiles is leading the seminar, which will be of interest to those examining or thinking about more in-depth and accurate analyses of farming within First Nations cultures, climate change, cultural resilience, and growing maize under challenging conditions. As Hall notes, "Although climatic change may have tipped the scales against maize cultivation in the Maritimes during the Little Ice Age[1300-1850 CE], Maliseets' extensive cultivation skills and nuanced local environmental knowledge tipped them back. Their achievements with maize, and with other crops, set the stage - and prepared the fields - for the European agriculture that followed" (25).
Banting, Room 32, DAl-AC campus, Truro
Professor Deborah Stiles at 893-6705 or Deborah.Stiles@dal.caThe Maliseet First Nation and Maize: Jason Hall's Work on "Maliseet Cultivation and Climatic Resilience"