Historically, Abenaki territory extended over much of northern New England, southern Quebec, and the southern Maritimes region of Canada.
Though the Abenaki themselves are particularly well known for their fine quality basketry, for the people of the Wabanaki Confederacy as a whole, beadwork has long been an important expression of cultural identity.
My main goal, through the creation of these purses and other traditional items, is to increase awareness that Abenaki people are still here, very much alive; and perhaps to dispel a few stereotypes about our people.
Over the last several years, Abenaki artist Rhonda Besaw has sought to be part of her people's indigenous applied arts revival and, as the examples of her creativity shown here testify so well, she will almost certainly inspire others to follow in her footsteps.
Though we have no birth certificate or papers specifying his percentage of Indian blood to identify Peter Paul as an Abenaki Indian, it's a good bet that he was, based on the fact that there were--and still are--many Abenaki families in the Adirondacks, a place where Algonquin and Iroquois people have lived and hunted for countless generations.
Francis, though not by everyone, as an integral part of the Abenaki community.
Although it was published in Abenaki alone, The Gospel_of Mark is a translation from English into Abenaki.
Two years ago, my son Jesse Bruchac published a trilingual edition in English, French, and Abenaki of Ol8jmow8gan Wji Malk/ The Gospel of Mark (Bowman Books, 2011).
Gswintow8ganal, means "Honor Songs" in the Abenaki language, and the tracks pay homage to important people and events in Native American culture.
As a language spoken by just a handful of people, Abenaki features prominently in Honor Songs as a language deserving of recognition.
In addition to compiling the only Western Abenaki online dictionary (www.
more than two centuries after Major Parker's purchase of Parker Mountain from the Abenaki
Indians, proprietary rights had come full circle.