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Abenaki Books
The Voice of the Dawn: An Autohistory of th Abenaki Nation
By Frederick Matthew WIseman
"[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."
Aunt Sarah:  Women of the Dawnland
By Trudy Ann Parker
The greatest testimony to the skills of a medicine woman is that she lived
to see 108 winters herself.
Sarah (Jackson) Somers reached out to help and heal many more humans
and animals than she could ever keep track of. A St. Francis Abenaki
whose homeland hugged the border between Vermont and Canada, she
was known to most simply as "Aunt Sarah."
Now, her great-great niece has captured her life's story in a book of the
same name. Trudy Ann Parker wrote Aunt Sarah: Woman of the
Dawnland (1994, Dawnland Publications) not from written records, but
from a legacy of spoken lore handed down at kitchen tables, beside
campfires, and at the knees of several generations of relations.
Reclaiming the Ancestors:  
Decolonizing a Taken Prehistory of the Far Northeast
By Frederick Matthew Wiseman
"...Sets the record straight about the early history of the Wabanaki - the
Abenaki, Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Malecite, and Mi'kmaq. He
proposes a sovereigntist approach to understanding the current
archaeological understanding of Abenaki prehistory. Combining personal
history and scientific training with archaeological and paleoecological data
he provides a new perspective on the 11,000-year history of the
Wabanaki of the East Coast.
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Champlain Tech:  Naval & Military Technology of the 1609 Lake
Champlain Expedition A Comprehensive Guide
By Frederick M. Wiseman, PhD
Champlain’s voyage to Lake Champlain with sixty Indigenous companions
in July 1609 stood at a decisive nexus of technological history. Champlain
Tech provides valuable insight into the early seventeenth century Native
and European transportation, navigation, clothing, arms, armor, food,
healing, and other material and knowledge-based systems that were
adapting to each other. Text and lavish four-color illustrations document
the first comprehensive attempt at understanding this little known period
of American technological history.
Forthcoming, July 2009
Baseline 1609: The Native People of the Far Northeast
At the Dawn of Recorded History
By Frederick M. Wiseman, PhD
A comprehensive review of the culture and geopolitics of the people who
greeted Champlain and other explorers along the Acadian Coast and the
St. Lawrence River. The early seventeenth century Wabanakis and their
neighbors were socially and technologically sophisticated communities
bound together, both politically and economically, by a great alliance with
their neighbors. Heretofore unpublished graphics and artifacts
complement the text. Teachers’ resources include an annotated
bibliography, and contact information on modern descendents of the
groups discussed in the book.
Forthcoming, September 2009
At Lake Between:  The Great Council Fire and the European
Discovery of Lake Champlain
By Frederick M. Wiseman, PhD
In the summer of 1609 Samuel Champlain came to Lake Champlain as part
of an international strike force to engage the Iroquois in battle. With
quotes, interpretive text and color illustrations, At Lake Between looks at
this historic encounter from a native perspective, focused not on
Champlain, or even the battle, but on the complex cultural, political and
diplomatic back-story that led to the European discovery of the lake.

Forthcoming, June 2009