2 thoughts on “A unique Indigenous account book attributed to Michel “L’Aigle” Dokis, c. 1861–1884

  1. It looks like L’Aigle was doing exactly the same thing that the ancient Irish people were doing several thousand years ago. The ancient people who lived in Ireland several thousand years ago wrote in a language known as “Ogham”, its like small little ticks and dashes and pictograms, and they wrote genealogical family history type information on standing stones called “Ogham Stones”. See the Wikipedia page;

    There is a very old Irish book, written about the 7th century, called “Auraicept na n-Éces”, in English its called “The Scholars Primer”. There are modern English translations of the book available to read for free on the internet. See the Wikipedia page here;

    That book, “The Scholars Primer”, so the original writer claims, it shows you 96 different ways to write this “Ogham” script. And its all little pictograms, and it looks just like L’Aigle’s book! This old Irish language had 20 symbols, or pictograms, or letters. Each of the letters was named after a species of Tree that existed in Ireland at the time the book was written.

    Hope that helps,

  2. I will for sure examine this very interesting document, as I’m working on Dokis and other fur traders of french-canadian and native ancestry. I think the Dokis ledger book can’t be understood without keeping in mind is mixed ancestry. His father was the french Canadian Michel Daigle. The name Daigle was changed to D’Aigle, to L’Aigle, to The Eagle, and to Migisi, wich are all the same word for Eagle (in french, english and anishnabe). Almost all the Dokis band were Métis like him too. They created a mixed culture, still a native culture for sure, but different by the contribution of french canadian roots.

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