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Nanrantsouak Tribe

"Nanrantsouak" was the name of one an early Abenaki band of Maine, also known as Kennebec. The name Nanrantsouak (or Norridgewock) was a corruption of their name for themselves in their own language, which probably meant "by the rapids." (Historically, it was said to mean "still water between the rapids," so perhaps the original name was longer.) After the arrival of Europeans, the Nanrantsouaks merged into other Abenaki and New England Algonquian groups and today there is no distinct Nanrantsouak band.

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Nanrantsouak Tribe Resources

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

 Abenaki language
 Alnobak
 Abenaki tribe
 Native American Abenaki stories
 Abenaki words
 The Eastern Woodlands
 Algonkians culture

Books about the Nanrantsouaks/Kennebecs

Here are a few good books about the Nanrantsouak 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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