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  1. Apr 2017
    1. Once, Paumanok

      Paumanok is the Algonquin name for "Long Island". While the meaning of the name is unclear, some scholars think that it means, "Land of Tribute", "Fish Shaped", or "land where there is traveling by water". Whitman is attempting to romanticize the area of his birth by setting it back to previous times unspoiled by European settlement.