Abenaki is an Eastern Algonquian language with only a handful of fluent
speakers, and perhaps several hundred non-fluent speakers. Most Abenaki
speakers are elderly and live on the Odanak reservation in Quebec, Canada.
It was originally spoken in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Efforts are
being made to revive the language.
There are two main groups of Abenaki dialects: Western Abenaki, which is still
spoken in Quebec; and Eastern Abenaki, which was spoken until quite recently
by some of the Penobscot tribe in eastern Maine.
With We Who Visit Ghosts From
The Sun Star of Our Birth and in Our
Infancy Which Is from the Land of
The Rising Star as Long as the Deer and Moose Shall Run Free and the Grass Shall Grow
And the Rivers Run Swiftly the Abenaki Shall Survive
The Whiteman's Wickedness
Again Our Grandfathers Spirits
Have Given Us Guidance and Wisdom to
Rise and Come Together to Dance We Have Been Taught
To Love Mother Earth and to Respect Her
We Are the Children of the Dawn the People
Of the East May the Great Spirit and
The Great Creator Bless Us and Smile upon Us