goal for "Shores of Nova Scotia" is to capture and document as many
of our Acadian oral histories
for Nova Scotia. Oral history is the oldest form of history. These histories
are spoken, electronically recorded or written, either by the person with
the story or by interviews, or in testimonies by oral history experts.
The histories are usually passed down from one generation to the other
and are part of our local tradition and culture. They include all of those
family stories that so many of us have heard from our grandparents, parents,
aunts or uncles, and later wished we could remember. By virtue of its nature,
oral history, is highly perishable and unfortunately, so much of the detail
and substance of those histories are lost over time. This is especially
true for the generations of the past century where our families have been
so mobile, making it difficult to teach those histories to the younger
generations. Fortunately, a relatively small part of our oral history is
documented anecdotally and in some cases, some often serve as the basis
for research which eventually become part of our documented history. Hopefully,
our effort in this section will augment the number of oral histories that
To build on our work
here, we invite you to submit your family stories to us in a new section
to our 'La Jaseuse'
blog (After going to the blog, click "Shores of Nova Scotia: More Stories"
in the 'Our Postings' section in the left side bar of the blog.).
We invite all of our Nova Scotia Thériault family members to tell
your stories that you may have experienced first-hand any time prior to
the 1950's, or that were told to you by your family elders. They can be
short (many are) or they can be longHere are examples of a few oral
histories or family stories.). This is a good way to make
sure these stories are not lost. Let's start writing down some of those
The material for this section comes from one of our delegates from Nova Scotia, Gérard Thériault. Gérard has been an important part of the Terriot Acadian Family Society since 2004 as delegate of the Leo and Marguerite Thériault Great-Branch. He was born in Petit Ruisseau in the Clare area of Nova Scotia to Gustave Thériault and Hélène Gaudet. He is a grandson of Leo and Marguerite Thériault. Consistent with his deep interest and love of the Terriot family, he is also President of the Association des familles Thériault de la Nouvelle Écosse which hosted the CMA2004 reunion of the family and also, a very active member of the Association des familles Thériault d'Amérique. But many of us have especially enjoyed Gérard in his role of welcoming other members of the Terriot family to Nova Scotia... essentially ambassador for the Thériault family to Nova Scotia. Many have experienced the great warmth and pleasure of being received by Gérard and his team of Thériaults to St-Mary's Bay. Thank you, Gérard!
After we set up our oral histories of the Acadians of Louisiana which was so beautifully written in our "On the Bayou" section by delegate Aline Theriot Meaux, or 'Mizmo", we hoped to do the same for other Acadian areas in the North American continent. The areas that we considered included Nova Scotia, Caraquet, Madawaska, and the Québec areas. When we gathered for our conference of the Terriot Acadian Family Society in Bathurst in 2009, Gérard Thériault proposed that we start a collection of oral histories for the Acadians of Nova Scotia. Thus was born the "Shores of Nova Scotia", our newest website section.
COLLECTION OF THE ACADIAN ORAL HISTORIES OF NOVA SCOTIA
To set the scene for our oral histories of the Acadians of Nova Scotia, we will first present an overview of the history of those Acadians in Nova Scotia. This article was originally written in French by Gérard Thériault for 'Le Terriot', a publication of the 'Association des familles Thériault d'Amerique' in Québec, titled "The Acadian Resettlement of St-Mary's Bay in Nova Scotia". (After you download the article, you may print it for your convenience.) The overview presents information that is important to understand before you begin listening to the oral histories which follow.
Following is a directory of our oral histories of Nova Scotia, the Baie Sainte-Marie and other areas of the peninsula. .