Abenaki has long been an endangered language, but a new generation has begun to preserve, protect, and revitalize it. Here’s a very short collection of phrases and words about the geography, plants, and wildlife of the region.
Many thanks to author and storyteller, Dr. Joe Bruchac and Jesse Bruchac, Director of the School of Abenaki at Middlebury College and the Ndakinna Education Center in the Adirondacks for providing us with these translations. Special thanks to Chief Don Stevens of the Nulhegan Abenaki for his assistance.
Kwai - Hello
Wôwlôwzi - An expression of good will when parting ways or at the end of a conversation, “Be very well”
Wlakamigenoka - “Make peace”
Kchi wliwni - Great thanks