Abenaki Legends & Stories of Old


Lesson 21 - Abenaki Legends & Stories of Old

The following stories are from the Abenaki Indian Legends, Grammar and Place Names, by H. L. Masta, 1932.

** Wawan8git Ta M8ladakw **

Wana: Nid8ba M8adakw kia nat8wi migakanian alakssa ato koli oji wawiton Koatekwok.

Mol: Koatekwok ennigani 8nka Awanochak ali witamodit Coaticook.

Niato kala n'oli wawaldamen: Oji chig8wteguagani Vermont ni talli s8gdahla kzibonnokw, Ailsig8tekwok. Koatekw'ni kinni p8ntekwoo pab8miwi mail oji odanak n8bi aliwiswik ni waji m8ja p8ntekwwik.

Wana: Kawinawa ni waji liwit8zik Koatekw?

Mol: Wz8migaato pita msalozhanik nitali koaak taagata achi askwa wdain8.

** Wawan8git and M8ladakw **

Wana: My friend M8ladakw as you are habitually traveling here and you are well acquainted with Koatekwok?

Mol: Koatekwok is the river which is called Coaticook by the Whites. I indeed know it well. It has its source in Vermont and falls into our river Alsigontekwok (St. Francis River). There are many rapids and falls in its course beginning at about one mile from the City of the same name.

Wana: But why is it called Koatekwok?

Mol: Because there must have been a large quantity of pine trees there and there are some even now..


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