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Peabody Mall Walk at the Northshore Mall
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The Naumkeag tribe were a group of Native Americans that inhabited the area now part of northeastern Massachusetts. The tribe was independet even as it acted as part of a larger coalition of Massachusetts tribes.

The Naumkeag Indians resided in what was primarily Essex County including Peabody. The name is said to refer to "fishing place," from namaas (fish) andki (place).

The name Naumkeag in modern usage is often used to refer to the original name for Salem. Their largest tribal village was located near Salem, but the Native American use of this term applied to the people and not the place. Natives had a different perspective of property from the European settlers. 

Numerous precautions were taken by the early Puritan settlers against Indian raids in this territory including the construction of garrisons and posting of sentries, but there is little historical evidence that this tribe was anything but peaceful in their relationship with the Europeans. Toward the end of the 17th century, several towns in the area had secured deeds from the Naumkeag including Salem (including Peabody) and Marblehead.

Citation: Adapted from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naumkeag_people