Lesson 21 - Abenaki Legends & Stories of Old
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
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
** 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..