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Bécancour Village
Wolinak Abenaki

Last Updated Oct-2009

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Megantic County PQ

  • All of Megantic County was used extensively for Abenaki hunting and fishing, and fairly large camps of wigwams were there when the English arrived.
  • everyone knew [Peter Mountain] and "of course everyone knew Molly and Piel by their names and by their characteristics"
  • Peter Mountain was well known in the area and is said to have been very helpful to the settlers in teaching them native ways
  • Peter the Indian [Peter Mountain] lived around 2nd/3rd Range of Inverness Township
  • Peter Mountain travelled the country side "bare assed" [dressed in breech cloth]
  • The Abenaki camped at the head of Lake Joseph gave fish to the Arran Scots when they arrived at Inverness in 1829
  • Coleraine was the site of an Abenaki Reserve from 1853 to 1882. The Abenakis of Wolinak occupied the reserve which circled Little Lake St-Francis

Source: Gwen Barry
Megantic County Historian