Welcome!

Vermont Abenaki Artists Association is a Native American arts council and artist guild that services the New England region by connecting the community to Abenaki educators, artists from the visual, performing arts, and literary genres, as well as offering professional development opportunities and resources to Abenaki artists.

Our mission is to promote Vermont’s Indigenous arts and artists, to provide an organized central place to share creative ideas and professional development as entrepreneurs, and to have a method for the public to find and engage our artists

We do this by developing and presenting educational programs, cultural events, art markets, and museum exhibitions.

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A group of people sitting in a circle outdoors. They are leaning in intently listening to two female educators who are standing in front of the group.

NOTE: Registration will remain open through September 10th – this week is only for orientation. It is not to late to register now!

DATES: September 5 to December 15, 2021. Class meets on 10 out of 15 Sundays.
WHERE: Hybrid on Zoom and Moodle learning management system
RECOGNITION: Course certificate or 3 credits available through Castleton University
TUITION: $950 standard tuition; $1400 standard tuition with credit
WHO: Teachers, Museum Educators, Homeschoolers, Outdoor Educators

REGISTRATION: https://www.lcmm.org/…/presenting-abenaki-culture-in…/

QUESTIONS:
For questions about the course content contact the Instructor Vera Sheehan vera.sheehan@abenakiart.org, Director of Vermont Abenaki Artists Association and the Abenaki Arts & Education Center.
For questions about registration issues or help contact the Course Coordinator Elizabeth Lee, elizabethl@lcmm.org, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

DESCRIPTION
Music, history and archaeology, weaving, social justice issues, and heirloom plants . Through a combination of lectures and experiential learning, Vermont Abenaki Artists Association and Abenaki Arts & Education Center scholars, historians, and culture bearers will present this vibrant regional culture that reaches back nearly 13,000 years and continues today.The fifth annual Presenting Abenaki Culture in the Classroom course will provide teachers and homeschool educators with 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 and online; 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 virtual exploration of the exhibition Nebizun: Water is Life. 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, Abenaki Arts & Education Center, and Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. There is a required group reading and reflection that prepares participants for the first virtual meeting.