Our Algonquian Heritage
In Vol, 15 of the Smithsonian Hdb. of NA Indians (Northeast), there is an
article by Gordon Day and Bruce Trigger about Algonquin (as opposed to
Algonquian). The first term is applied to "a group of closely related bands
that inhabited the Ottawa valley and adjacent regions to the east in the
first half of the seventeenth century" (p. 792).
There is more info about
the peoples and the language there. The second term (Algonquian /
Algonkian) is used for the whole family of related languages that include
Micmac, Maliseet, Montagnais, Anishinabe (Ojibwa, Chippewa), Cree,
Blackfoot, and so on.
There is also a suggestion about the source of these words in that article:
Maliseet _elakomkwik_ (accent on the "o") 'they are our relatives.' The
articles on various peoples in the Handbook volumes usually include toward
the end a section called "Synonymy" with information on the possible sources
of the names for the peoples, other designations and so on.
Many Amonsoquaths have Algonquin Bear Clan blood also..
|The chief religious figure among the Algonquian-speaking Indians
was the medicine person, or spiritual leader. He or she had
received dreams and visions, giving him power to heal the sick or drive out
The drawing above shows an Algonquian shaman making his medicine.
He/she chants as he/she mixes various ingredients together, while shaking a gourd rattle.
|ALGONKIN HISTORY (Algonquian)||Algonquian and Iroquoian Linguistics, Memoirs|
|Algonquian Archives||Brothertown Indian Nation - Algonquian - Wisconsin|
|Algonquian Language - Natick||Jennifer Meness - Algonquian Dancer|
|Louise Brown - Algonquin Cree||The Algonquin Indian Tribe|
|Massachuset History - Algonquian||American Indian Creation Myths|
Names of Algonquin (language of the Powhatan) women:
Alsoomse= independent one.
Hausis, Hausisse= Old woman.
Kanti= She sings.
Nadie= Wise One.
Nittawosew= She is not sterile.
Numees= Sister. Nuttah= My Heart.
Oota Dabun= Day Star.
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