Voice of the Dawn An Autohistory of the Abenaki Nation

ISBN-10: 1584650591

ISBN-13: 9781584650591

Edition: 2001

Authors: Frederick Matthew Wiseman

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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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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 1/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

FREDERICK MATTHEW WISEMAN is chair of the Department of Humanities at Johnson State College in Johnson, Vermont; founder and director of the Abenaki Tribal Museum and Cultural Center in Swanton, Vermont; and author of The Voice of the Dawn: An Autohistory of the Abenaki Nation (UPNE, 2000). Before devoting himself to studying his Abenaki heritage, he was Principal Research Scientist at MIT's Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology.

List of Illustrations
Introduction and Methods of Research
The Coming of the Great Animals: The Years of the Adebaskedon (13,000 to 10,000 Winters Ago)
The Forest Closes In: The Years of the Moose (10,000 to 6,500 Winters Ago)
The Land Becomes Warm: The Years of the Log Ships (6,500 to 1,000 Winters Ago)
The Coming of the Others: The Years of Com (1,000 to 400 Years Ago)
Darkness Falls: The Years of the Beaver (Christian years 1600 to 1820)
Against the Darkness: The Years of the Fox (Christian Years 1820 to 1970)
The Darkness Ends: The Years of the Bear (Christian Years 1970 to 1994)
The Modern Abenaki: (Christian Years 1995-)
The Place-Names of Wobanakik
The Herbal Medicine of Wobanakik
App. 3: Educational Resources
Bibliographic Notes
Notes to the Illustrations
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