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I am reading the book "Mae" about Northern RI, near where I live in CT. He uses a place name of "Misquamsicut" and I am wondering what it means. We used to live in Pawcatuck, not far from Misquamicut, and I am wondering if there is name-connection. I can't even find what "Misquamicut" means.  Actually, where I live now is a hilltop where the peaceful RI Indians would congregate so they could see the warrior Indians coming!
Thank you, Kristin

The place names in New England are mostly from Algonquian-based languages of which there are still surviving speakers. The spellings are usually phonetically spelled Anglicized versions,so the variations are to be expected, but according to Wikipedia: Misquamicut is an Indian word for "Red salmon at this place." Misquamicut is a public state beach where lifeguards are on duty for some of the year. Unfortunatley, I don't have enough experience in the Wampanoag dialect to be able to determine if they are correct. I hope this is helpful.

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As a direct reservation trader in all aspects of American Indian arts since 1985, I've answered questions regarding cultural property issues, origins of traditional crafts, materials and techniques, collecting, authenticity, symbols and, of course, repairs! We have operated a retail gallery since that time, bricks and mortar until 2007 and online since 1996. Our online operation closed in 2/2015, to allow me to finally write full-time. My writing site can be found at I'll be adding a book or two from our trader experiences under the pen name of W.T. Durand and the rest of my fiction is under my own name. We are not "New Age" practitioners of adopted American Indian religious ceremonies or combined philosophies. If you are seeking such knowledge for spiritual reasons, we will only provide answers that address factual information on these subjects. Unless one is raised in a traditional, American Indian family with language, culture and religious belief intact, we don't believe that simply applying the trappings or cultural property of a given traditional group will give a non-Indian (Native if you prefer)any insight other than the academic.


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