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The Kennebec Indian Tribe

"Kennebec" was the name of an early Abenaki band of Maine, also known as Norridgewock. The name Kennebec came from the name of the river that ran through their territory, which in turn was named after the bay it emptied into (kinipek or kinipekw means "bay" in the Abenaki language.) After the arrival of Europeans, the Kennebecs merged into other Abenaki and New England Algonquian groups and today there is no distinct Kennebec band.

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Kennebec Tribe Resources

Here are links to our webpages about the Kennebec tribe and language:

 Abenaki language
 Abenaki tribes
 Kennebec Facts for Kids
 Abenaki stories and legends
 Abenaki words
 Eastern Woodlands Native Americans
 Algonquian tribes

And here are links to some other Kennebec websites:
 Kennebec Indians
 People of the Kennebec River
 Maine Indian tribes

Books about the Kennebecs

Here are a few good books about the Kennebec and related 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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