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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.

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

 Native American Abenaki language
 Abenaki words
 Abenaki tribe
 Abenakis for Kids
 Abenaki mythology
 Northeast Woodlands Indians
 Languages of Algonquian tribes

Here are a few good books about the Abenaki language and tribe:
 The Language of Basket Making
 Abenaki-English Dictionary
 Voice of the Dawn

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