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Tarrateen

"Tarrateen" was an old colonial term used by the British to refer to Native Americans of the Abenaki and Mi'kmaq tribes. It is unknown where this word came from-- it is said to come from a Wabanaki word for "trader," but we don't know of any such word ourselves. It may have been an English corruption of a place name. It certainly was never used by the people themselves.

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Here are links to some resources about the historical Tarrateen Indians:

 The Tarrateen War
 Micmac History and the Tarrateen War

And here are links to our webpages about the Abenaki and Mi'kmaq tribes and languages:

 Abenaki language translator
 Abenaki history
 Mi'kmaq history
 Abenaki Indian legends
 Abenaki words
 Northeast Woodlands culture region
 Algonquian meaning

Books about the Tarrateens

Here are a few good books about the Abenaki and Mi'kmaq tribes:
 Twelve Thousand Years: American Indians in Maine
 The Voice of the Dawn
 We Were Not the Savages
 The Language of Basket Making



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