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0pt PgV ——— Normal Page PgEnds: TEX , (7) 8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 ABENAKI BEGINNINGS the most conservative traditionalists in the tribe. Panadis was such a treasure-house of cultural knowledge that scholars began seeking him out in the 1920s, regarding him, along with two other family members, Ambriose Obomsawin and Siegfroid Robert Obomsawin, as the best source for information about the Western Abenaki. 19 Between Panadis and her Aunt Alanis, the young Obomsawin had a wealth of traditional knowledge at her ﬁngertips, something she appreciates to this day.
So I return to her novelist friend and share his bitter musings. ” he asks in assessing the ways in which local whites had discriminated against Native girls like Edith (bl, 60). At one point, Cohen’s narrator speculates on the origins of this “Collective Will” to oppress the racialized Other in the form of innocent Native girls like Edith and puts the blame on something larger than individual hatred: “French Canadian schoolbooks do not encourage respect for the Indians. Some part of the Canadian Catholic mind is not certain of the Church’s victory over the Medicine Man.
0pt PgV ——— Normal Page PgEnds: TEX , (9) 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 ABENAKI BEGINNINGS to serve as faux Indians after most of the real ones sided with the French, but, instead of mastering the art of woodlands warfare and passing stealthily into symbolic redness, most of them were no match for the highly skilled French marines or Native warriors who engaged them in the forests of New England. That Rogers ever became an Anglo-American hero is a tribute to the power of cultural mythologies to displace and dominate the historical record.