Presenting Abenaki Culture in the Classroom

Course Details

Course NamePresenting Abenaki Culture in the Classroom
InstructorsVera Sheehan
Director of Vermont Abenaki Artists Association and the Founder of the Abenaki Arts & Education Center
Lina Longtoe
Environmental scientist and Program Coordinator for Vermont Abenaki Artists Association
Course CoordinatorElizabeth Lee
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
LocationLake Champlain Maritime Museum
DatesAugust 6-8, 2020
Credit1 credit through Castleton University
Tuition$375 / $550 with credit
Size40 participants maximum

Course Description

Music, history and archaeology, weaving, social justice issues, and heirloom plants . . .

Through a combination of lectures and experiential learning, Vermont Abenaki Artists Association and Abenaki Arts & Education Center scholars, historians, and culture bearers will present this vibrant regional culture that reaches back nearly 13,000 years and continues today.

The fourth Annual Presenting Abenaki Culture in the Classroom course will provide teachers and homeschoolers a deeper understanding of how Indigenous culture continues into the 21st century. Sessions will include history and stereotypes; new resources being developed for use in classrooms; age-appropriate activities; and how teachers can better support Abenaki and other Native students while presenting American history and additional academic content areas. The program includes a gallery talk and exploration of the exhibition Nebizun: Water is Life.

This rich learning experience will provide educators in all settings with new resources and techniques to help students learn about Abenaki culture, and a forum to discuss the “Flexible Pathways” initiative.

Presented through a partnership between the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association, Abenaki Arts & Education Center and Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.