New Opportunities to Explore Abenaki Heritage & Cultural

August 6, 2014  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

August 2014

This summer season, the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing has partnered with Abenaki tribes to help Vermonters and visitors learn more about Vermont’s first peoples. The new VermontVacation.com/Abenaki website serves as a hub for events, exhibits and destinations that welcome visitors to explore the 12,000 year history and culture of today’s Abenaki.
Abenaki tribes celebrated at the Abenaki Heritage Weekend in late June at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes. Vermont’s four Abenaki tribes and members of the Abenaki Artists Association convened to share their heritage and culture, including beadwork, quillwork, basketry, pottery, woodworking, and demonstrations and performances of songs, drumming, dancing, games, food preparation and other life skills.
Additional summertime Abenaki cultural heritage events include Nulhegan 2014 Heritage Celebration & Encampment, Sept. 6-7 in Island Pond and the 19th Annual Northeast Open Atlatl Championship, Sept. 20 in Addison.
A number of Vermont museums host exhibits that introduce visitors to archaeological findings that illustrate the 12,000 years of regional habitation. Witness more than 2,000 artifacts, including a rare St. Lawrence Iroquoian-style ceramic vessel (c. 1500), that was unearthed in Vermont in the early 19th century, at the James B. Petersen Gallery of Native American Cultures at the University of Vermont’s Fleming Museum. Also, exhibits at Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes explore 17th century Abenaki culture and the introduction of the French settlement of the region. Families are provided hands-on activities at a re-created Abenaki bark home at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier and can view an extensive timeline exhibit at the Vermont Archaeology Center in Barre.
Visit www.vermontvacation.com/Abenaki for more information on these summertime events, as well as annual events that feature performances, demonstrations and opportunities for conversation with Abenaki artists, performers, cultural experts and historians.

 

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