Plainfield Supports Abenaki Name for Brook

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The state of Vermont has received Plainfield’s petition to call an unnamed town waterway “Mskaskek Brook” and, if approved in October, it could be federally recognized as soon as December or January. The town’s Conservation Commission consulted with Jeanne Brink, an Abenaki elder from Barre and a linguist in Abenaki language. Mskaskek means “red spruce trees” in Abenaki, appropriate because that is the predominant species of tree on Spruce Mountain, near where the headwaters begin.


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