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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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Fred Wiseman Abenaki paleoethnobotanist artist, and author, who retired from Louisiana State University and MIT, returning to Vermont to work with the Koasek Abenakis of Newbury, the Passamaquoddies at Indian Township and Pleasant Point, and many others to re-configure a nearly lost northeastern agricultural heritage.
Compared with contemporary Haudenosaunee beadwork artists, however, the number of Abenakis who maintain their beadwork traditions is, at the present time, sadly limited.
Designed as a primer for Abenakis themselves, containing traditional stories and some religious instruction, it provides us with a glimpse into the worldview of Abenakis at a time when few authors--Native or non-Native--were paying much attention to American Indian folklore and cultures.
Both Benedict, from Odanak Abenakis Band, and Brown told the committee about the difficulties they were having getting information from their respective band councils.
At the Musee des Abenakis in Odanak in the Nicolet-Yamaska region of Central Quebec, the picture is very different, but interest in and openness towards the nation remains the same.
Where previous scholars have described nearly unremitting conflict, Preston finds a world where violence was not inevitable and where daily interactions between the French, English, Iroquois, Dutch, Hurons, Abenakis and others were generally characterized by peaceful co-existence.
The Western Abenakis of Vermont, 1600-1800: War, Migration, and the Survival of an Indian People.
In addition to Glidden's letter, the school newspaper published the team rosters for the Laurel, Abenakis, and Precocious baseball clubs.
Ainsi, lorsque Versailles demande en 1707, a Vaudreuil de renforcer l'alliance avec les Abenakis, celui-ci ordonne immediatement a Jean-Paul Legardeur de St Pierre (208) d'acheter un jeune panis afin de le donner aux Abenakis en symbole d'amitie (209).
A brief sketch recounting Hannah Duston's murder of ten Abenaki Indians following her captivity, "The Duston Family," rather than portraying Duston as a godly woman whose bloody revenge is justified by scriptural precedent--as Mather, George Bancroft, and Benjamin Mirick do--eschews such reliance upon biblical typology and instead characterizes her as an "awful woman" and a "bloody old hag." (6) Hawthorne finds these previous accounts ethically suspect because, by unequivocally valorizing Duston and vituperating the Abenakis, "the historian defaults on his responsibility to the reader" (100).