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 (măl′ə-sēt′) or Mal·e·cite (-sīt′)
n. pl. Maliseet or Mal·i·seets or Malecite or Mal·e·cites
1. A member of a Native American people inhabiting the St. John River valley in New Brunswick and northeast Maine. The Maliseet helped form the Abenaki confederacy in the mid-1700s.
2. The Algonquian language of the Maliseet.

[From Mi'kmaq malisiit, one who speaks an incomprehensible language.]
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1. (Peoples) a member of a Native Canadian people of New Brunswick and E Quebec
2. (Languages) the Algonquian language of this people
[from Micmac malisiit one speaking an incomprehensible language]
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Bourque and LaBar focus their book on the Penobscots, Passamaquoddies, Maliseets, and Micmac, who live between the Gulf of St.
John Gyles was captured in Pemaquid, Maine, in 1689, at about the age of ten and spent nine years in captivity, six with Maliseets and three with a French Canadian fur trader.
Gyles's assertion that dried corn "would keep years" is supported implicitly by the duration of his Maliseet captivity, and with these six years behind him, he confines the text proper to the past and departs from the single collective "we" that he formerly shared with his captors.
"Long-term investment, of course, is going to be affected anyway in the business community if there is going to be even a hint of the possibility of the Mi'kmaq and Maliseets retaining their rights to the land in New Brunswick."
To establish the cultural order within which Powhatan's political projects made sense to his people, Gleach uses historical and ethnographic material written about the Micmacs, Ojibwas, Shawnees, Maliseets, Sauks, Montagnais, Delawares, and Penobscots to examine well-established relationships among Algonquian peoples over both space and time.
One learns a great deal about the experiences with the Europeans of the Inuits, Beothuks, Laurentian Iroquois, Innus, Mi'Kmaqs, Maliseets, Abenakis, Hurons, Iroquois, Fox, the Prairie Indians, and those on the Pacific Coast and in the North.
One tribe, the Houlton Band of the Maliseet, is researching commercial production to create jobs and increase incomes.