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"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.
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 Indian legends
Northeast Woodlands culture region
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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