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"Nancy April" was the English name of the last surviving member of the Beothuk tribe of Newfoundland.
Her own name was Shanawdithit,
She was given the last name "April" because she was captured in April of 1823, during an attack against the Beothuks
by Newfoundland trappers. Nancy April's father was killed during the raid, and she was brought back to the white
community of Exploits as a captive. After learning English there, Nancy was able to tell the settlers her story and that
of her people. When she attempted to return to her community, however, she tragically found that there was no one there
left alive. Nancy April was the last of her tribe.
Here are links to our webpages about Nancy April and the Beothuk Indians:
Nancy April and the Red Indian tribe
First Nation of Canada
Here are a few good books about Nancy April and the Beothuks:
The Ballad of Nancy April: Shawnadithit
History and Ethnography of the Beothuks
The Last of the Beothuk: A Canadian Tragedy
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