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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Woods and Lakes of Maine

Woods and Lakes of Maine: A Trip from Moosehead Lake to New Brunswick in a Birch-Bark Canoe was published by Lucius L. Hubbard in 1884, and is notable for the author's effort to record the Indian names for Maine places in an appendix. Among his sources were the Abenaki dictionary of Father Râle, Penobscot hunter John Pennowit, and Steven Stanislaus, a former Lieutenant-Governor of the Penobscot Nation.
Millinŏ’kett, Milno’kett : lakes on the Penobscot and Aroostook respectively; by Pennowit pronounced as if written Millnah’gkek. It is said to be the equivalent of the Maliseet millŏg’kami(k), which is a lake that has many irregularities in the way of points, coves, ledges, and islands. "If you ask me what kind of lake Moosehead Lake was, I say 'millŏg’kami,'—i.e. it has no shape" (Maliseet Indian). Cf. Milpāāchk, "having many coves" (Rand). [p. 202]

Piscat’aquis : a branch of the Penobscot; "little branch stream"; from peské, "branch," tegωé, "stream," and es, diminutive. [p. 209]

Skowhē’gan : a town and waterfall on the Kennebec; "where the Indians used to wait for fish to run up, and to spear them as they went by." Cf. kankskaωihigan (Râle) [p. 211]

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