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 (ä′bə-nä′kē, ăb′ə-năk′ē) or Ab·na·ki (äb-nä′kē, ăb-)
n. pl. Abenaki or Ab·e·na·kis or Abnaki or Ab·na·kis
1. A member of any of various Native American peoples formerly inhabiting northern New England and southeast Canada, with present-day populations in Maine and southern Quebec.
2. Either or both of the two Eastern Algonquian languages of the Abenaki peoples.

[Probably Montagnais wabanăkiwek, dawn land people, Abenaki.]
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(ˌæb əˈnæk i, ˌɑ bəˈnɑ ki)

also Abnaki,

n., pl. -kis, (esp. collectively) -ki.
1. a member of a grouping of American Indian peoples of S Quebec and Maine, earlier also of New Hampshire, and in some usages including peoples of the Maritime Provinces.
2. any of the Eastern Algonquian languages of the Abenaki peoples.
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Noun1.Abenaki - a member of the Algonquian people of Maine and southern QuebecAbenaki - a member of the Algonquian people of Maine and southern Quebec
Algonquian, Algonquin - a member of any of the North American Indian groups speaking an Algonquian language and originally living in the subarctic regions of eastern Canada; many Algonquian tribes migrated south into the woodlands from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic coast
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Weary of a never ending winter, the Wabenaki tribe master Glooscap, decided to go to the home of the Ice King, to ask him to move further north.
Brooks then explores how Plymouth's aggression drove the war, breaking new ground by highlighting Benjamin Church's role and noting that the colony may have staged the crime that triggered the war; how Weetamoo and James Printer were caught up in the storm; and how English fears and misdeeds caused the conflict to expand into the Connecticut River Valley and Wabenaki territory (Maine).
(19) In my Native American Music of Eastern North America (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008) I include one example of a phrase from a Penobscot "round dance" song, recorded by Speck during his fieldwork that extended from 1907 to 1918, with a later trip in 1936, that is now part of a women's pine cone song, used by several Wabenaki nations.