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Myths and Methods in Abenaki Demography: Abenaki Population Recovery, 1725-1750

David L. Ghere
Ethnohistory
Vol. 44, No. 3 (Summer, 1997), pp. 511-534
Published by: Duke University Press
DOI: 10.2307/483034
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/483034
Page Count: 24
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Myths and Methods in Abenaki Demography: Abenaki Population Recovery, 1725-1750
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Abstract

Population estimates of Abenaki villages were quickly rendered inaccurate by the Abenakis' seasonal subsistence cycle and frequent migrations. Some early historians misused these numbers, drawing erroneous demographic conclusions. This study considers all the villages together, encompassing both the origins and the destinations of migrations in a detailed analysis. Despite warfare, normal endemic diseases, and proximity to frequent epidemics, the Abenaki population recovered during this period.

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