Native Americans have occupied northern New England for at least 10, years. There is no proof these ancient residents were ancestors of the Abenaki, but there is no reason to think they were not. The mild climate of the lower Mississippi required little clothing. Acolapissa men limited themselves pretty much to a breechcloth, women a short skirt, and children ran nude until puberty. If for no other reason, the Algonkin would be famous because their name has been used for the largest native language group in North America.