Professional Development: Presenting Abenaki Culture in the Classroom

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Course Name: Presenting Abenaki Culture in the Classroom

Instructors: 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

Locations: LCMM campus

Dates: August 8-10, 2019

Credit: 1 Credit through Castleton University (optional)

Tuition: $375 ($550 with 1 credit)

Maximum Enrollment: 48

Registration is now open!

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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