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Malecite Tribe

Malecite Indians. Various explanations of this name have been given. According to Chamberlain it is from their Micmac name Malisit, broken talkers ; Tanner gives the form as Mahnesheets, meaning ‘slow tongues’; Baraga derives it through the Cree from mayisit or malisit, the ‘disfigured or ugly foot’; Lacombe1 agrees with Baraga and gives the etymology as mayi or –mal, deformed, and sit, foot. Maurault’s explanation is radically different from all, as he says it is from Maroudit or Molouidit, ‘those who are of Saint Malo.’ Vetromile says it “comes from malike, which in old Abnaki and also in Delaware means witchcraft,” but adds, “hence the French name Micmac is a substitute for Mareschite,” as he writes the name. According to Chamberlain the name they apply to themselves is Wulastuk-wiuk, dwellers on the beautiful river, or, as given by Maurault, Ouarastegouiaks, those of the river whose bed contains sparkling objects. The Malecite belong to the Abnaki group of the Algonquian stock. Maurault makes a distinction between the Malecite and the Etchimin, but adds that “the remnants of this tribe and the Etchimins are called at the present day Malecites.” Their closest linguistic affinity is with the Passamaquoddy, the language of the two being almost identical, and is closely allied to the New England dialects, but more distant from that of the Micmac. Malecite History Although the New Brunswick coast was visited by or soon after the middle of the 16th century, and St John River located on maps as early as 1558, making it quite probable that the people of this tribe had come in contact with the whites at...

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