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"The love of possessions is a disease with them. They take tithes from the poor and weak to support the rich who rule. They claim this mother of ours, the Earth, for their own and fence their neighbours away. If America had been twice the size it is, there still would not have been enough; the Indian would still have been dispossessed" (pg. 172 - We Were Not the Savages


 
We Were Not the Savages

FIRST NATIONS HISTORY
WE WERE NOT THE SAVAGES
THIRD EDITION

Acknowledgments

Thanks goes to my wife Patricia, who gave her love and support during the four years it took to rewrite the new edition of this book. The assistance she provided when needed was invaluable.

Donald M. Julien was a key source and deserves a special thank you. Without his support and assistance, the manuscript would have taken twice as long to complete. His knowledge and the research material he collected over the years were invaluable in crafting this history.

Vernon Gloade provided the drawings for this book, which aptly describe situations the Mi'kmaq faced in their struggle for survival. Thanks Vernon!

Douglas Beall, my copy editor, is another friend who deserves credit and thanks for the extra mile he traveled to help identify sources for the original edition. Also a hearty thank you to the many others who provided their support and encouragement.

For the French translation I owe a special thanks to a very nice lady who originally hails from France but is now a resident of New Brunswick, Nicole Jones. Her generous contribution of time and expertise made the French version possible.

Finally, during the extensive revision of Savages, Geoffrey Plank of the University of Cincinnati provided valuable data, and his assistance was greatly appreciated.

I give thanks to the Great Spirit for sending such good friends my way!

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