Mackosi’kwe’s Baskets: Marking RelationshipsPenn Museum Blog
Date of this Version1-1-2015
AbstractOn August 1, 1938, before leaving the Maniwaki reserve in Quebec, Canada, anthropologist Frank G. Speck paid a visit to his old friends, Michel Buckshot and his wife Angelique, better known as Mackosi’kwe (also spelled Meshkosikwe, meaning “Beaver Meadow Woman”). Mackosi’kwe was skilled in pyroscapulimancy, a technique for divining future prospects in hunting and travel by scorching the shoulder blades of Indigenous deer, caribou, beaver, and other animals in a fire, and then reading the cracks and marks. In Speck’s case, she started with a deer scapula, followed by that of a hare, to predict an unexpected break in the return trip, but an otherwise safe journey home.
Citation InformationMargaret Bruchac. "Mackosi’kwe’s Baskets: Marking Relationships" Penn Museum Blog (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/margaret-bruchac/8/