the name is derived from "Pappisseconewa, which in turn came from "Papoeis", meaning child, and "Kunnaway," meaning bear. So we might way his name meant "Bear Child" or, as you have it, "Child of the bear." Passaconaway was initially a minor sachem (of the Pennacook tribe) under Nanepashemet of the Massachusetts Federation, but when the Indians of Maine made war against Nanepashemet and forced him into hiding for three years, the Massachusetts Federation fell apart. Passaconaway aligned himself withthe Pawtucket Federation and eventually became their Grand Sachem.
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