Abenaki (ah – buh – NAH – key) Indians lived in Maine, USA, in an area where there may have been mainly French fur hunters.
Some words on Abenaki suggest that French has influenced the language.
Eg. is kitten in French MINOU, and very similar to MINOWISI, which of course means I have a kitten. In particular, the pronunciation of MINOWISI (mi-no ~ u-wi-si) seems to be related (mi-no-u….)
So let’s look at what MINOWISI can mean:
|Nominative:||minowis – cat||minowisak – cats|
|Genitive:||minowisi – cat’s||minowisi – cats’s|
|Dative:||minowisek – To cat||minowisikok – To cats|
|Accusative:||minowisa – cat||minowisa – cats|
|Vocative:||O minowis – O cat||O minowisak – O cats|
|Ablative:||minowisek – From or by cat||minowisikok – From or by cats|
The Abenaki language is somewhat different from what we use today, among others. because there is no family for Latin languages as there is in Western languages.
Pronunciation and simple words such as names, animals and numbers, you can find at the link below:
And there are other pages that go a little deeper:
The Abenaki people fled to Canada (like many other tribes), perhaps this is why there is more comprehensive information below from Canada:
To learn more about the Abenaki people, read more below: