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n. pl. Wabanaki or Wa·ba·na·kis
A member of a Native American confederacy composed of the Abenaki, Maliseet, Mi'kmaq, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot peoples, formed in the mid-1700s in opposition to the Iroquois confederacy and the English colonists. It disbanded in 1862.
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It also enlarges aspects of what has become the standard narrative of the conflict: how Massachusetts abused and imprisoned Christian Indians on Deer Island; how the victors broke their pledges and sold surrendering Natives into slavery or executed them; and how, even after the death of Metacom and Weetamoo, the Wabanakis continued their war in the North.
Two pages then present a handful of postcards depicting Northeastern Algonkian peoples, including a fine portrait card of Penobscot chief Big Thunder of Old Town, Maine; another of Passamaquoddy elder Mary Selmore of Eastport; and a group of Wabanakis, possibly Mi'kmaqs, in the Public Gardens in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The Wabanakis of Maine and the Maritimes: A resource book about Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet, Micmac, and Abenaki Indians (prepared for and published by the Maine Indian Program of the New England Regional Office of the American Friends Service Committee).