Penobscot and Passamaquoddy Indians, two major tribes of the Algonquian-speaking Abnaki Confederacy. The Penobscots own many islands in the Penobscot River in Maine and have a reservation at Old Town, where they hold powwows each summer. The Passamaquoddys have reservations on Passamaquoddy Bay and Grand Falls Lake. Each tribe sends a nonvoting representative to the Maine legislature. The Abnakis were allies of the French in Canada from 1604. Their city of Pemaquid (now in Bristol) was the region's fur-trading center. The Penobscots and Passamaquoddys chose to remain when the English took over the region and other Abnakis moved to Canada.
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