A collective term used by the early settlers on Massachusetts bay for the tribes to the northward. Johnson, in 1654, says they consisted of the "Massachuset," "Wippanap," and "Tarratines." The name may be a corruption of Abnaki, or a misspelling for "aborigines." The Wippanap are evidently the Abnaki, while the Tarratines are the same Indians, or a part of them (J. M.)
Source: Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico, Frederick Webb Hodge, 1907.
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