Living Descendants of the Native Americans of Agawam

Historic Ipswich

by M. E. Lepionka 3/6/17.

Mary Ellen is a publisher, author, editor, textbook developer, and college instructor with a Master’s degree in anthropology from Boston University and post-graduate work at the University of British Columbia. In 2008 she retired to research the prehistory of Cape Ann and the Native Americans who lived here and to document artifacts from Cape Ann held in public and private collections. She is a member of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society.

*Photos are Pawtucket-Pennacook/Abenaki at Odanak, near St. Francis, Quebec, circa 1900, and some living descendants there today.


masconomet_plaque

The final resting place of Masconomet, the last Sagamore of Agawam, is on Sagamore Hill in Hamilton.

Geographically, Agawam was the area from Great Neck to the end of Castle Neck in Ipswich, the site of the village by that name. Agawam really means “other side of the marsh.” They named their villages for their locations and the subsistence resources to…

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