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, Northern Virginia Community College

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


LCMM campus

Dates & Schedule:

August 8-10, 2019

Each day begins at 8:30am with Registration and coffee. Course activities end at 4pm on Thursday and Saturday.

On Friday, the Wrap Up session ends at 5pm, and is followed by a break with “Taste of History” refreshments and an optional evening session on Wampum and Diplomacy  with Chief Don Stevens which ends at 7pm.


1 Credit through Castleton University (optional)


$375 ($550 with 1 credit)

Maximum Enrollment:


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 scholars, historians, and culture bearers will present this vibrant regional culture that reaches back nearly 13,000 years and continues today.

The Third 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 We Are Still Here: Continuity of Culture in the Abenaki Homeland.

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 and Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.

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