Sarah Denny Cultural Collection

About this Guide

The Sarah Denny Cultural Collection (SDCC) is dedicated to preserving and sharing Mi’kmaq voices, knowledge, and history with Mi’kmaq communities throughout Unama’ki and Mi'kma'ki, as well as with the Cape Breton University community. As a Mi’kmaw elder, Sarah Denny was involved in the creation, preservation, and revitalization of Mi’kmaq culture, language, and history and her work, including her position as a cultural officer with the Mi’kmaq Association of Cultural Studies, reflects this commitment. The recordings in this collection were created and/or collected by Sarah Denny and her family and include interviews with elders, traditional chants, hymns, and Mi’kmaq community events and games.

This guide will offer access to a selection of items and descriptions within the Sarah Denny Cultural Collection that will provide you, the researchers and community members, with an overview of the materials available through the Beaton Institute. The "Biographies" section allows you to access the biographies of a number of Mi'kmaq people who appear in the records. The "Browse by Series" section will provide you with quick links to view the digitized records on the Beaton Institute's YouTube channel and its Soundcloud account. The archive would like to give a special thanks to the Elders and Knowledge Keepers who consulted and collaborated on the Sarah Denny Cultural Collection.

Denny Family Mi’kmaq Chants. SD-43 (Part A).This record features a compilation of Mi’kmaw songs and chants sung by Sarah Denny, her family and includes the Kitpu Singers. The record was created and edited by Joel Denny's company called Kewniq Recordings and Productions.


  • Sarah Denny
  • Wilfred Prosper
  • Rita Joe
  • Lee Cremo
  • Michael Paul
  • Joel Denny
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    Personal Files


    • Permission for public access to these records was provided by individuals and their families or the organizations involved in the creation of the original record.
    • Consultation with Elders and Knowledge Keepers, the publication of records, and creation of transcripts will continue into the future.
    • The ‘Personal Files’ have been made private by request of the individual or their family.

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