Presenting Abenaki Culture in the Classroom

Course Name:

Presenting Abenaki Culture in the Classroom


Vera Longtoe Sheehan, Executive Director, Vermont Abenaki Artists Association

Melody Walker Brook, Adjunct Professor, Champlain College

Course Contact: Eloise Beil - 802-475-2022 x107


LCMM campus


August 2-4, 2018


1 Credit through Castleton University (optional)


$375 ($550 with 1 credit)

Maximum Enrollment:


Course Description

Music, history and archaeology, weaving, social justice issues, heirloom plants and fire-pit cooking . . .

Through a combination of lectures and experiential learning, Abenaki scholars, historians, and culture bearers present a vibrant regional culture that reaches back nearly 13,000 years and continues today.

This 2 ½-day professional development seminar offers up-to-date information on Abenaki culture to prepare educators of all levels to present Abenaki culture in their classrooms and better support Abenaki and other Native American students. Market research by the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association (VAAA) indicates that many teachers unknowingly use outdated resources, and people are further confused by images of Native Americans in the media. Members of the VAAA serve as faculty for this interdisciplinary seminar at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.

This rich learning experience will provide educators in all settings with new resources and techniques to help students learn about Abenaki culture.

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Coming in 2019: Symposium on Samuel de Champlain, in anticipation of a 2020 excursion entitled Roots of Champlain—a professional development course including sites in France, Quebec and the Lake Champlain Valley.

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