The Colonial World of the Northeast


In order to understand Alnobak people, currently known as the Western Abenaki, we must understand the people around them and the social factors that created a community rather than distinctive social units separated by boundaries. The original intent of this research was to understand the Alnobak worldview during the seventeenth century but the similarities and inter-cultural connections created a much more inclusive picture that demands attention. One group of people in the Northeast to the exclusion of many of the surrounding groups is not historically or archaeologically accurate. Mixed villages and extensive interactions blurred tribal distinctions. The history of Alnobak quickly encompassed other Wabanaki and Algonkian-speaking people. Anthropological and historical classifications of indigenous communities can create the illusion that autonomous groups existed without intermarriage or extensive contact. Modern classifications divide people and are incorrect (See footnote below). The vein of spirituality among the Northeastern indigenous community unearths a much greater understanding that people were very similar and often heavily interrelated. This history of the Alnobak people may focus on the inland bands but overall their story is also the story of the Northeast.

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Title: The Connections that Bind Us: The Colonial World of the Northeast
Author: Melody Walker Brook
Publisher: Fort Necessity Battlefield
Year: 2015