Brian Chenevert is a talented artist, story teller, author and wood worker. He was taught wood carving and whittling by his grandfather at a young age.
He is a history buff whose research helped to revive the traditional Abenaki winter game of Snow Snakes which has now been played annually since 2007. Brian hand carves snow snakes, war clubs and rattles decorating them by burning in traditional Wabanaki designs.
For almost 20 years Brian has provided traditional Abenaki and Wabanaki stories for multiple Abenaki newsletters and in 2015 published his first book, “Azban’s Great Journey”, which is a compilation of traditional and original tales of the Abenaki trickster – Azban the raccoon. Azban’s Great Journey is now available for purchase on Amazon.
Currently Brian is working with fellow Nulhegan Abenaki aritist, Francine Poitras Jones, on an Abenaki language coloring book for children.
He is also a drummer and singer who performs with the Nulhegan Abenaki Drum.
I have always loved working with wood, carving and shaping it into a creation of all your own. I enjoy taking a simple branch and working it into a snow snake which will bring joy to some boy or girl at our annual winter games.
I have been telling and sharing Abenaki stories for many years, providing stories for multiple Abenaki newsletters and culminating in completing my first book about Azban the raccoon. The tales of Azban in particular are ones my children loved to hear over and over throughout the years which is what led to him being the topic of my first book.
In addition to woodworking and carving I enjoy bead work and crafting and have made many pieces which include porcupine quill earrings and chokers, wampum earrings, belts, bracelets and necklaces.
Annual Native American Weekend/Abenaki Heritage Celebration, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, VT
2015 Azban’s Great Journey, Amazon Pulbications, Print Media
Reger, Deborah, Moccasin Tracks. January 2016. WGDR 91.1 FM
Native Opinion. February 12, 2016. http://nativeopinion.com/new-events/2016/2/12/podcast-guest-brian-chenevert
Vermont Abenaki Artists Association, Juried Artist since 2016
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