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ARTISAN SPOTLIGHT SERIES BY LINA LONGTOE
Artisan Spotlight Series: Jim Taylor
Jim Taylor is a Quillworker and citizen of the El-Nu Abenaki Tribe. Here, he presents some of the creations and provides insight to how they are made. Mr. Taylor has had several of his handmade quill work on exhibit in museums as well as literature.
Roger Longtoe Sheehan recreates Native American weapons and tools based on historical documentation. He is a citizen of the El-Nu Abenaki Tribe. Here, he provides insight to the weapons-making process and displays some of his handmade wares.
Follow the footsteps of Abenaki fiber artist, Vera Longtoe of the El Nu Abenaki Tribe as she carries out her family's ancient knowledge of textile making. From harvesting in the fields, to rolling cordage and then finally creating the piece, over 120 hours of labor went in to making a single twined bag.
Vera Longtoe Sheehan Explaining the Usages of Yucca
Fibre artist Vera Longtoe Sheehan working as a Native Interpreter at the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, CT. Here she demonstrates how to extract fibres from yucca and briefly explains it's traditional uses by the Abenaki people.
Featured in the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum' s 'Contact of Cultures, 1609' exhibit. The Circle of Courage Youth Program at the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi St. Francis/Sokoki Band performs on their recognition day in front of the State House. Two songs were performed; one in honor of Chief Nancy Millette-Doucet and the other as an interactive dance with the public.
The Voices of the Koas is an all-female drum group, from the Koasek Traditional Band Of the Koas Abenaki Nation. On August 1st, 2015, they performed for the opening reception of the "Warmth and Protection" exhibit at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum located in Warner, NH.
Featured in the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum's exhibit, "Contact of Cultures, 1609". Filmed in night vision at the Jamaica State Park archeological dig. The El-Nu Abenaki Tribe Singers led the public through a night of traditional story-telling and songs. Featured here is one of those songs and the protocol that surrounds it.
Featured in the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum' s 'Contact of Cultures, 1609' exhibit. The Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk-Abenaki People Tribal Drummers and Singers perform the 'Warrior's Song' on Recognition Day, April 22nd, 2011. On this day, Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont granted state recognition to two Abenaki bands; the El-Nu Abenaki Tribe and The Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk-Abenaki People. Following the signing of the two bills granting recognition, the two bands gathered outside of the State House for traditional singing to celebrate and honor those who passed on to the next world before recognition was granted.
2015 Wabanaki Confederacy Singers performing Spirit of the Woods
Chief Don Stevens of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation leads participants of the 2015 Wabanaki Confederacy meeting in a lullaby for the Spirit of the Woods, believed to be a protector by the citizens of Nulhegan.
2015 Wabanaki Confederacy Singers perform White Skies
From August 19th - 22nd in Shelburne, Vermont, USA, the Vermont Abenaki tribes hosted the Wabanaki Confederacy Conference of 2015. During this time, tribal singers led by the Vermont Abenaki people performed White Skies.
2015 Wabanaki Confederacy Singers perform the Feast Song
From August 19th - 22nd in Shelburne, Vermont, USA, the Vermont Abenaki tribes hosted the Wabanaki Confederacy Conference of 2015. During this time, tribal singers led by the Vermont Abenaki people performed the Feast Song.
Featured in the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum' s 'Contact of Cultures, 1609' exhibit. On site at the LCMM, Professor Wiseman leads a lecture and wampum belt reading to the gathered public during the LCMM's Fishing Encampment Weekend.
A year before Vermont entered the Union, the state government took the stance that it's indigenous people were now extinct. Ever since, the Abenaki have endured centuries of oppression and institutionalized violence, forcing many families into hiding. Come the 1970s, Chief Homer St. Francis of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi St. Francis/Sokoki Band, began the long fight for the Recognition of his people. Many would not live to see Recognition come to fruition at last in 2011 and 2012, after many years of testimonies, cyber attacks and slander. Join the four bands of the Vermont Indigenous Alliance on their journey as they literally fight for their right to self-identify and to sell their crafts as Native American made.
Professor Fredrick M. Wiseman of Johnson State College and Roger Longtoe Sheehan Sogomo (Chief) of the El-Nu Abenaki Tribe shed light on a much-debated topic in the educational world. Are people of Native descent who portray their ancestors 're-enactors' or historic interpreters? Something else entirely? What's the difference between the two commonly (and wrongfully) interchanged words?