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Abenaki language instruction

Q: I am a reference librarian at the Manhasset Public Library in Manhasset, New York. We have a patron who is interested in learning the fundamentals of the Abenaki language. Are there any instructional materials available? Our patron is especially interested in an audio format. Thank you for your help in this matter.

A: There is a good dictionary of Abenaki available: Gordon Day's two-volume Western Abenaki dictionary. I don't know of any Abenaki language learning audio courses for sale, however. You could try this website,, where they have some audio recordings of Abenaki language stories for sale. This might help your patron. Or they could try listening to the Western Abenaki radio program, which broadcasts Abenaki language lessons.

Hope that helps!
Native Languages of the Americas

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 The Abenaki language
 Abenaki language pronunciation
 Abenaki words
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