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The Historical Erasure of an Indigenous Identity in Borderlands: The Western Abenaki of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Quebec

Jean L. Manore


Current and former US and Canadian governments have denied indigenous status to the Western Abenaki who claim what is now Vermont, New Hampshire and southern Quebec as their traditional territory. This article seeks to demonstrate the ways in which these borderlands people were separated from their lands and communities by imperial powers, surveyors and settlers, and historical chroniclers. In so doing, an alternative interpretation of the past was created in which the Abenaki were inhabitants of both the United States and Canada but indigenous to neither.

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Print ISSN: 0886-5655
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