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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.
Norridgewock Tribe Resources
Here are links to our webpages about the Norridgewock tribe and language:
Norridgewock Facts for Kids
Abenaki myth and legend
Northeast Woodland Indians
And here are links to some other Norridgewock websites:
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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