"The best evidence of Native Americans living on or near Mt. Monadnock is that it is a Western Abenaki word and they must have been in the area to give it a name later adopted by the European decent persons who explored the area in the late 1600s and early 1700s." Russell Moore
So I responded to Beth's inquiry:
Well, maybe I am wrong!
This statement came from a man who I know to be very knowledgeable about the Western Abenaki people. He is, in fact, a man I consider to be one of my mentors. His name is Watie Akins and he was born on the Penobscot Reservation at Panawampskeag near Old Town, Maine. Watie has done extensive research pertaining to the Abaneki people.
He tells it this way: "As my cultural knowledge expanded, it became evident that the Abenaki in Maine included the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot and Maliseet Tribes. These groups had absorbed the remnants of the other northeast Tribes that were destroyed during the colonization of our territory. With this knowledge, I turned my attention to the collection and learning of all the Abenaki music that I could locate in the (former) Abenaki territory, with my focus on keeping the old knowledge of our music alive."
Watie has produced CD's of the original songs of the Abenaki to preserve the music and culture of the people.
To honor a mountain
|James B Beard aka Noodin|
Post script from Watie J Akins ....I believe the word comes from the Western Abenaki and is "moniadenak" and means At Silver Mountain. Could be the mountain that Escombuit got his silver from.
Watie is Native American and one of my mentors. He is very knowledgeable in the Abenaki language.