"Ya Mind's the Time": The Oral Traditions of Sandy Point

Lay Summary 

The aim of this project is to record and preserve the oral traditions and oral history related to the settlement of Sandy Point in Bay St. George at the end of the 18th century. Many of the participants will be members of my immediate family or extended family such as cousins and aunts. Others will be people I have known much of my life and who are descended either from the Europeans who arrived around 1795 of the descendants of the Mi'kmaq who were already residing in the area.

The research data I intend to collect consists of stories that have been orally transmitted over the past two hundred years. The only personal information to be collected is that which will identify from which of the settlers or Mi'kmaq the individual claims lineage. The major objective of this research is to gain an understanding of how the oral history of the settlement period of one part of this province may be shaped by cultural differences between those of European ancestry and First Nations people. Its social relevance lies in the fact that it provides data on how two cultural groups understand and remember history related to events from their shared past. This issue provides the major research question of how two distinct cultural groups will describe a shared event through oral history and what can be understood about the modern role of oral history in this content.

Social Sciences And Humanities Research Council Of Canada
School Of Graduate Studies, Memorial University.
Flat Bay
St. George's
Newfoundland and Labrador
Industry Sectors 
Heritage Institutions
Start date 
1 Jan 2007