Linda Longtoe Sheehan

Elnu Abenaki Tribe

Juried Artist since 2013
Image of Linda Longtoe Sheehan.
Linda Longtoe Sheehan

Linda Longtoe Sheehan’s specialty is wampum. She is known affectionately as “Wampum Woman.”  She started making wampum belts over thirty years ago and passed her knowledge onto countless young people.

Linda  makes wampum belts and jewelry from glass beads, mother of pearl and quahog.  Her beadmaking starts with a quahog shell. She cuts it to size and shapes it.  Then she weaves her wampum belts using braintanned leather.

Linda learned brain tanning from Mark Humpel, who hosts an annual braintanning weekend. Unfortunately, due to a disability she can no longer make braintan leather herself so she is passing this tradition on to students. In the winter months, Linda teaches them how to scrape the deer hides; soak them in the braintan solution; stretch and dry the hides; and work them until they are soft. Then she cuts it into long strips. Each hide takes about 50 hours.

She has done demonstrations at museums and historic sites throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States.  Her work was even requested by the Presidents protocol office.

Artist Statement

I have been designing and making wampum belts, wrist bands, necklaces, bracelets and earrings for over 30 years;. I work with real Quahog, glass and mother of pearl wampum beads.   My work has been on display at the Institute for American Indian studies and at Johnson Hall  (historic site).

During the winter months,  I also make my own brain tan leather which I use for to weave my belts.  

Although I specialize in wampum,  I also do Traditional finger weaving, eastern center seam moccasins, Quillwork and  I twine.

Contact

Address: RR 30 Box 261

Jamaica, VT 05343 

Email:  gitceedadann@yahoo.com

Website: Back To The Moose Robe

 

Image of eagle wampum belt.
Eagle Wampum Belt

Exhibits  (select list)

2009 to present 

Contact of Cultures, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes,  VT

2017-2018.

Alnobak: Wearing Our Heritage (traveling exhibit). Vermont Abenaki Artists Association and Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.

2015

Parley and Protocol: Abenaki Diplomacy Past and Present. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Vergennes, VT.

2014     

  • Traditional Sources, Contemporary Visions – Invitational Group Art Exhibit. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, VT
  • All My Relations: Faces and Efficacies from the Native World – Invitational Group Art Exhibit.  Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Warner, NH

2013      

  • Featured Artist, Institute for American Indian Studies, Washington, CT
  • Demonstrator. Ft. at # 4, Charleston, NH

Presentations & Demos (select list)

2013      

  • Demonstrator. Ft. at # 4, Charleston, NH
  • Annual Native American Weekend, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes,VT
  • Abenaki Encampment, “Jamaica Old Home Days,” Salmon Hole, Jamaica, VT

2012      

  • Annual Native American Weekend, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, VT
  • Demonstrator. Ft. at # 4, Charleston, NH
  • Abenaki Encampment, “Jamaica Old Home Days,” Salmon Hole, Jamaica, VT

2011      

  • Annual Native American Weekend, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, VT
  • Speaking To The Ancestors Abenaki Gathering,  ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, VT
  • Abenaki Encampment, “Jamaica Old Home Days,” Salmon Hole, Jamaica, VT
  • Demonstrator.  Native American Month Presenter. University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

2010     

  • Annual Native American Weekend, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, VT
  • Abenaki Encampment, “Jamaica Old Home Days,” Salmon Hole, Jamaica, VT

2009     

  • Vermont Indigenous Celebration.    ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy          Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, VT
  • Abenaki Encampment, “Jamaica Old Home Days,” Salmon Hole, Jamaica, VT

2008      

  • Annual Native American Weekend, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, VT
  • Abenaki Encampment, “Jamaica Old Home Days,” Salmon Hole, Jamaica, VT

2007     

  • Annual Native American Weekend, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, VT
  • Abenaki Encampment, “Jamaica Old Home Days,” Salmon Hole, Jamaica, VT

Film & Radio

  • Reger, Deborah. Moccasin Tracks . Recorded . WGDR 91.1 FM
  • Schulmeisters, Lina L. “Artisan Spotlight: Linda Longtoe.” Askawobi Productions, 2012

Affiliations

Woodland Confederacy

Affiliations

Vermont Abenaki Artists Association