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The Caniba Indian Tribe
"Caniba" was the name of an early Abenaki band of Maine, also known as Kennebec.
The name Caniba came from the name of the river that ran through their territory, which in turn was named
after the bay it emptied into (kinipek means "bay" in the Abenaki language.) After the arrival of Europeans, the
Canibas merged into other Abenaki and New England Algonquian groups and today there is no
distinct Caniba band.
Caniba Tribe Resources
Here are links to our webpages about the Caniba tribe and language:
Caniba Abenaki language
Abenaki Indians for Kids
Abenaki Indian mythology
Woodland Indian culture
Books about the Canibas
Here are a few good books about the Caniba and other Maine Abenaki bands:
Norumbega Reconsidered: Mawooshen and the Wawenoc Diaspora
Twelve Thousand Years: American Indians in Maine
The Language of Basket Making
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