Specimen of the Mountaineer, or Sheshatapooshshoish, Skoffie, and Micmac Languages, 1797


Date: 1797 | Size: 1 Volumes, 1 volume, 41 p.


This is a comparative vocabulary of the Micmac, Montagnais, and Nascapee Indian languages, and includes Micmac prayers, and a dictionary of Micmac pictographs.

Scope and content

Native American Images note : 288 ink sketch pictographs of the Micmac (Mi'kmaq) language presented by Gabriel, a Mountaineer Indian, and transcribed by Thomas Pierronet, in 1797. A symbolic dictionary, with English translations, of words and phrases of this Algonquian language. Includes three Christian prayers in pictorial sentences.

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Collection Information

Physical description

1 volume, 41 p.


Purchased from Sessler (no. 194;$400.00) and accessioned, 1967 (333ms).

Processing information

Only scanned images are noted.

Alternate formats available

The vocabulary was printed in past in Massachusetts Historical Society "Collections" 6 (1799): 16-33.

Early American History Note

This slender volume is the notebook of Thomas Pierronet. This volume contains a range of material on Native American languages and cultures. It contains a comparative vocabulary of Micmac, Montagnais, and Nascapee Indians. It also has a record of prayers and pictographs of the Micmac.

Indexing Terms


  • Dictionaries.
  • Language Material
  • Native American Materials
  • Prayers.
  • Sketches.
  • Vocabularies.


  • Algonquin language
  • Indians of North America -- Canada -- Languages -- Writing
  • Indians of North America -- Languages
  • Indians of North America -- Maritime Provinces
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Micmac Indians
  • Micmac language -- Writing
  • Montagnais language
  • Naskapi language
  • Native America