Everyone at Acadiensis would like to congratulate Jason Hall for winning the Canadian Aboriginal History Prize for best article (2016) for his “Maliseet Cultivation and Climatic Resilience on the Wəlastəkw/St. John River During the Little Ice Age,” from the Autumn 2015 issue of Acadiensis. Says the adjudication committee, “Weaving together documentary sources and oral traditions, Hall’s reconstruction of the history of Maliseet plant cultivation on middle reaches of theWəlastəkw/St. John River over the last millennium offers a powerful challenge to received notions about Indigenous economies, the impact of European contact, and the significance of the Little Ice Age in the Northeast. At Meductic, thanks to a favourable microclimate and Maliseet ingenuity, techniques of maize cultivation persisted through climatic changes that doomed the practice elsewhere and prepared the ground, quite literally, for the later establishment of European agriculture there and elsewhere in the region.” Congratulations Jason on an honour well-deserved!
To read Jason Hall’s prize winning article click here.