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The Micmac Rotary

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THE MICMAC ROTARY (R96) Sq.Set John Drewry Brodie Book and Nova Scotia Collection 2017
Fig 1

1- 8 1s+3s set and dance La Baratte:
 Men ½ turn Lady RH and retains hand but at arm's length from each other
 Men retrace steps with Lady turning right under Man's arm briefly into Allemande hold (Man behind Lady facing Lady's original place) and releasing Lady's RH she turns under Man's left arm until almost in original places
 Couples change places LH to change places facing out
9-16 2s+4s (prom hold) advance and retire while 3s and 1s Promenade anticlockwise ¾ way round to face out to side couples (1s face 4s and 3s face 2s), all (in prom hold) pass facing couples RSh, 1s and 3s dance back to original places while side couples dance in and round opposite couple LSh and return to place
17-32 Repeat bars 1-16 with 2s and 4s dancing La Baratte and Promenading round
Fig 2

1- 8 1L+2M and 3L+4M ½ turn RH and dance RH across ½ way, 1L and 3L turn their own corners RH 1½ times to place
9-16 2L and 4L repeat bars 1- 8
17-24 All set to partners, petronella turn (Ladies BtoB) and set twice On second setting the Ladies turn right about to form a circle while partners dances in behind them and place hands on their hips
25-32 Ladies circle 4H round to left (small steps) with partners behind them then and all turn partners RH back to places
Fig 3

1- 8 All circle 8H round and back
9-16 Ladies dance RH across and turn partners LH 1½ times to bring Men into middle
17-24 Men dance RH across and turn partners LH into prom hold facing anticlockwise
25-32 All Promenade round

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

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The Micmac (or Mic Mac) Rotary was a traffic circle in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Located at the intersection of Highway 111 with Route 318 and Trunk 7, it was named after nearby Lake Micmac, which was partially in-filled to accommodate it. The Micmac Rotary was notorious for rush hour congestion, even resulting in the recording of a song entitled Mic Mac Rotary Blues.

The rotary was removed during a redesign of the intersection in the late 1980s which saw it replaced by the "Micmac Parclo", which consists of a series of overpasses and controlled access lanes. The resulting roadway through the Parclo and across Lake Micmac to the interchange with Highway 118 is the widest in Atlantic Canada at 10-12 lanes.

A traffic circle or rotary is a type of circular intersection in which traffic must travel in one direction around a central island. Typically, traffic entering the circle has the right-of-way and drivers in the circle must yield. Other common characteristics include large diameters (over 100 m or 300 ft) and minimal horizontal deflection so as to facilitate speeds of 50 km/h (30 mph) or more.

Traffic circles should not be confused with roundabouts, in which entering traffic must always yield to traffic already in the circle, and generally operate at much lower speeds.

Micmac Rotary Route Marker
Route Marker For Nova Scotia Highways Incorporating The Flag Of Nova Scotia

The Miꞌkmaq or Miꞌgmaq are a First Nations people of the Northeastern Woodlands, indigenous to the areas now known as Canada's Atlantic Provinces and the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec as well as the northeastern region of Maine.

They call their national territory Miꞌkmaꞌki (or Miꞌgmaꞌgi).

The nation has a population of about 170,000 (including 18,044 members in the recently formed Qalipu First Nation in Newfoundland), of whom nearly 11,000 speak Miꞌkmaq, an Eastern Algonquian language. Once written in Miꞌkmaq hieroglyphic writing, it is now written using most letters of the Latin alphabet.

Mi'kmaq (First Nations Peoples) At Tuft's Cove Settlement, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Canada is officially bilingual, English and French. While English is the most commonly spoken language in Nova Scotia, Canada, around 98 per cent of Canadians say they have the ability to conduct a conversation in English, French or both.

So it is perhaps worthy of note that the word 'micmac' is used in French to mean, variously, an intrigue, a scheme, foul play, shady goings-on, muddle, mess or complete chaos!

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Text from this original Highway 111 Micmac Rotary article on Wikipedia.
Text from this original Miꞌkmaq article on Wikipedia.
Upper image copyright Fredddie [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
Lower image copyright Joseph S. Rogers [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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