June 25-26 - Abenaki Heritage Celebration
This special weekend hosted by Lake Champlain Maritime Museum gives visitors an Abenaki perspective on life in the Champlain Valley. Members of the Elnu Abenaki Tribe, the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk and Koasek Traditional Band of the Koas Abenaki Nation, and the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association work with Museum staff to plan and present the event. http://www.lcmm.org/museum_info/native-american-encampment.html
Saturday, June 25, 11am: Dr. Frederick M. Wiseman will present his findings from Seeds of Renewal, his multi-year quest to discover ancient local crops from written documents and modern Indigenous oral history. He has tracked down seed sources as far away as Manitoba and Colorado, and brought the precious seeds to renewed harvests in their ancient homeland. His presentation includes an illustrated talk and a visit to demonstration plantings on the Museum grounds. Learn more about Dr. Wiseman’s Seeds of Renewal project in a Teacher Training Workshop at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum on August 1-5, 2016 and a Special Exhibit at LCMM in 2017.
Opening Reception and Curaorial talk for the Alnobak: Wearing Our Heritage exhibition at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes, VT.
Native American Festival and Basketmaker's Market at College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, MA.
VAAA member Jeanne Morningstar Kent will be at a part of Whiting Mills 3rd Sunday. If you're in Connecticut check out her gourds.
The public is invited to attend the Fourth Annual Abenaki Heritage Gathering which will take place on Saturday, August 13th and Sunday, August 14th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will be held at the Mount Norris Scout Reservation, 1 Boy Scout Camp Road, Eden Mills, Vermont 05652, which is off of Route 100, just north of Johnson. No dogs will be allowed on the grounds except for Service Dogs. http://www.abenakitribe.org/
Wabanaki Ethnobotany: Food and Medicine
a year-long course with Dr. Frederick M. Wiseman
one Monday a month, February through November, 2016. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism
$135 (classes can be taken individually at $17 per class)
For students enrolled in this course, please note that there are two separate sessions. Dates are listed below for individual classes for each session. Please call 802-224-7100 if you are interested in taking an individual class.
The Wabanaki Agroforest
Session 1: Monday, July 25th 6-9 pm
Much of Vermont’s Northern Hardwood Forest has been converted into specially selected stands of trees that maximize the fuelwood, timber, aesthetic/recreational use, or maple sap collection. This conversion seems to have deep local roots. Professor Fred Wiseman developed the concept of a “Northern” permacultural system. This workshop will focus on the types of edible/ medicinal trees (plums, etc.), shrubs (hazelnuts, etc.), subshrubs (sweetfern, etc.), vines (grapes, etc.) and herbaceous perennials (Jerusalem artichokes, etc.) and herbs (white sage, etc.) organized by canopy stratum by light, water and nutrient requirements — to optimize production.
Green Corn Season: The Role of Story, Music, Dance and Food In Community Well Being
Session 1: Monday, September 26th 6-9 pm
The most important ceremony of the Abenaki Horticultural/Ritual Calendar is the Green Corn Ceremony. Join Prof. Wiseman as he shares his studies into the origins of the ceremony that seem embedded in half-forgotten legends of the Abenaki Creation Time, and encoded in the controversial Corn Song. He will then discuss the revival of the Green Corn Ceremony by the Abenaki Koasek Tribe in the Newbury VT/Haverhill, NH area. It includes learning the music, making the regalia and ceremonial accouterments and practicing the choreography and oratory. However, the Green Corn Feast, and its taboos and protocols as well as its socio-nutritional characteristics are the “food as medicine” focus of the day’s activities. Lastly he will share music and videos of the Green Corn Ceremony as it is up and running today and how it contributes to community healing and well-being.
Harvest Season and Orthorexia nervosa: The Ethnobotany of Indigenous Foodways in Eating and Medicating One’s Identity
Session 1: Monday, October 24th 6-9 pm
Ethnobotanists have studied the culture and environmental psychology that lies behind food (and medicine) choice. These researches had led to the development of some important theory regarding how, when, where and why we eat — of which nutrition forms but a small component! Prof. Wiseman will look at Indigenous food choice/cuisine and what we may consider drugs from a scientific “optimization” perspective as well as an Indigenous community-based perspective. Using examples from modern Anglo-American life, as well as Southwestern and Wabanaki cuisine and food service, he will explain the unstated rules for eating and how that reinforces individual, family and community identity.
Decolonizing Thanksgiving: The Politics of Native Foods and Medicine
Session 1: Monday, November 21st 6-9 pm
November, is designated “Native American Month” by various presidents, but never seems to “stick” in the consciousness as does “Black History Month” or “Woman’s History Month.” Native advocates have tried for years, but without much success, to turn Columbus Day and Thanksgiving into opportunities for opening a serious dialogue on Native history and culture. Using the “Decolonizing Thanksgiving” movement as a rubric to understand Native concerns about decolonized diet, food sovereignty, food justice and food security, Prof. Wiseman will show how food is a quintessential political statement, and how it should be treated by both Native and Non-natives alike, especially in the fall.
Dr. Frederick M. Wiseman was trained as a paleo-ethnobotanist at the University of Arizona. He taught and did research at Louisiana State, MIT’s Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology, and Johnson State College in Vermont, where he retired as Department Chair in 2014. He has published extensively on tropical fieldwork in Belize, Honduras, Yucatan and arid-lands research in Arizona and Sonora Mexico. Over the last twenty years he has focused on the culture and ecology of the Wabanaki people of northern New England, Quebec and the Canadian Maritimes, completing books and films, scholarly and popular articles and presented papers on Wabanaki culture & ecology.
"WALKING WITH OUR SISTERS" October 2013-2017 - Group Show - Commemorative Art installation for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Woman of Canada and the United States. To see the itinerary of this traveling exhibit . University of Alberta, Telus Atrium, Edmonton, AB,Canada
Parley & Protocol: Abenaki Diplomacy Past & Present. June 2016 - Mid-March 2017. Ft. Necessity National Park, Farmington PA. The exhibit was developed in partnership between Fort Necessity National Battlefield, the Elnu Abenaki Tribe in partnership with the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association and will include recreated clothing and other articles like those used in the mid-eighteenth century as well as articles created for present day ceremonial and diplomatic occasions. Parley & Protocol will remain on view at at Fort Necessity through mid-March.
Presents a visual time line from Vermont Abenaki families and garments and regalia recently made by Vermont’s Abenaki people to reflect and celebrate their traditions. A selection of these pieces will be exhibited at LCMM from July through October 2016 and will travel to the Amy Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn Theater and Mt Kearsarge Indian Museum in 2017.
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