The Voice of the Dawn: An Autohistory of the Abenaki Nation

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UPNE, 2001 - History - 305 pages
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"[My] story is a sash woven of many strands of language. The first strand is the remembered wisdom of the Abenaki community. The second strand is our history and that of our relatives, written down by European, Native American, and Euroamerican observers. The third strand is what our Mother the Earth has revealed to us through the studies and writings of those who delve in her, the archaeologists and paleoecologists. The fourth strand is my own family history and its stories. The fifth strand is, of course, that which has come to me alone, stories which I create with my own beliefs and visions."

So begins the first book about Abenaki history and culture written from the inside. Frederick Matthew Wiseman's extensive research and personal engagement breathe life into Voice of the Dawn, making it truly unique. Colin Calloway, Chair of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College, writes, "Going beyond all previous works on the Abenakis, Wiseman draws on family and community knowledge in a way that none of those authors could, speaks from an avowedly Abenaki perspective, and addresses aspects and issues ignored in other works. Moreover, no one that I know of has done as much work in locating and regathering items of Western Abenaki material culture. The quality and quantity of illustrations alone make this an attractive book, as well as a valuable visual record of change and persistence over time. As someone personally and pivotally involved in the Abenaki renaissance, Wiseman brings the story up to date without closing it."

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We do not recommend this book. A great deal of the claims made by the author can not be backed up by any sort of historical documentation or other sources. It is not good history. Read full review


Introduction and Methods of Research
The Years of the Adebaskedon
The Years of the Moose
The Years of the Log Ships
The Years of Corn
New Connections with the Nadoueks 166
A Small Case Study 176
Summers Bounty 188
Indian Craftspeople 1132
The Years of the Bear
The Modern Abenaki
The PlaceNames ofWobanakik 1195
Educational Resources 1214
Bibliographic Notes 7241
Notes to the Illustrations Ivft

The War for the Dawnland 1104
The End of the World11113
People of the Forests and Woods 1120
Bibliography 1261
Index 1297

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Trained as an archaeologist/ecologist, FREDERICK MATTHEW WISEMAN was principal Research Scientist at MIT's Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology and author of scholarly publications on Maya and Paleo-Indian paleoethnobiology. Now devoted to Abenaki culture and history, he teaches at Johnson State College and is an Abenaki Tribal Council member and director of the Abenaki Tribal Museum and Cultural Center in Vermont.

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