Marie Manitouabe8ich, Algonquine Abénaquise

Marie Manitouabe8ich, Algonquine Abénaquise

Messagepar jdelisle » 2015-02-15, 17:14

Marie Manitouabe8ich, Algonquine Abénaquise

Outchibahanouk Oueou -
By: Dr. Lorelei A. Lambert

]Today, the descendants of Abenaki who emigrated from Maine together with remnants of other New England tribes are scattered throughout Canada and the United States. Many live on the Reserves of St.Francis and Bécancour in Quebec, where, under the name of Abenaki, their numbers increased over time. Becancour continues to be a site occupied by the Abenaki people of the Wolonik Reserve.The history of Becancour begins with the history of Abenaki people who lived along the Becancour River
at Molina Village at the bay. As the resources in their Aboriginal territory were being destroyed because of wars and encroaching settlements, our Abenaki
ancestors gradually withdrew to Quebec, and settled at Bécancour and Sillery. In 1646 the Jesuits moved their mission to Saint-Francois de Sillery, where the
Christian Hurons sought shelter after being driven out of Saint-Marie by the Iroquois. --(“Our French-Canadian Ancestors" by Thomas J. Laforest; Volume 27- Chapter 8- Page 149) --- A graveyard still exists at the site with graves of children who died from European diseases.Abenaki later abandoned Sillery for St.Francis, near Pierreville, Quebec. Oral histories, historians, Jesuit Relations, and others indicate that Outchibahanouk Banoukoueou“Oueou”, an ancestor claimed by many Abenaki tribal
members, was born to an Abenaki band living along the Becancour River in 1602.
Not much is known about her early life, but it is in Sillery, Quebec, where Outchibahanouk Oueou meets her future husband, Roch Manitoueabeouich. We first hear the name Manitouabewich associated with Olivier LeTardif, the personal representative and interpreter for Samuel de Champlain. Manitouabewich,a young man, of the Huron Nation, was hired as LeTardif's own scout, interpreter, and traveling companion. Manitouabewich had been converted to Christianity by the French missionaries, and as part of the baptismal ritual, had been given the Christian
name of Roch, in honor of St. Roch, the patron saint of dogs and cattle and those who love them.
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