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"S8gem8" is one of several English spellings of the Abenaki word for "chief."
The "8" is an old French character representing a sound similar to the "awn" in "dawn."
The word S8gem8 is pronounced similar to saw-guh-maw.
Here are links to our webpages about the Abenaki tribe and language:
Native American Abenaki language
Abenakis for Kids
Northeast Woodlands Indians
Languages of Algonquian tribes
Here are a few good books about the Abenaki language and tribe:
The Language of Basket Making
Voice of the Dawn
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