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The Norridgewock Indian Tribe

"Norridgewock" was the name of an early Abenaki band of Maine, also known as Kennebec. The name Norridgewock (or Nanrantsouak) 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 Norridgewocks merged into other Abenaki and New England Algonquian groups and today there is no distinct Norridgewock band.

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Norridgewock Tribe Resources

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

 Abenaki language
 Abenaki bands
 Norridgewock Facts for Kids
 Abenaki myth and legend
 Abenaki words
 Northeast Woodland Indians

And here are links to some other Norridgewock websites:
 Norridgewock Tribe
 Wikipedia: Norridgewock

Books about the Norridgewocks

Here are a few good books about the Norridgewock 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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