linda longtoe sheehan

Elnu Abenaki Tribe

Image of Linda Longtoe Sheehan with wampum belt.
Linda Longtoe Sheehan

Artist Bio

Linda Longtoe Sheehan’s speciality is wampum. She is known affectionately as “Wampum Woman.”  She started making wampum belts over thirty years ago and passed her knowlege 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 diasability she can no longer make braintan leather herself so she is passing this tradition on to students. In the winter months, Linda tteaches 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-Altantic States.  Her work was even requested by the Presidents protocal 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 wampum.
Wampum

Image of eagle wampum belt.
Eagle Wampum Belt
Image of Wampum Bracelet.
Wampum Bracelet

Image of Wampum Jewelry.
Wampum Jewelry

Image of Wampum earrings.
Wampum earrings

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 hamplain Maritime Museum.

2015

Parley and Protocol: Abenaki Dipolomacy 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 Efficies 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 MaritimeMuseum, 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 MaritimeMuseum, 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 MaritimeMuseum, 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 MaritimeMuseum, Vergennes,  VT

Abenaki Encampment, “Jamaica Old Home Days,” Salmon Hole, Jamaica, VT

2007     

Annual Native American Weekend, Lake Champlain MaritimeMuseum, 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: Londa Longtoe.” Askawobi Productions, 2012

Affiliations

Woodland Confederacy

Affiliations

Vermont Abenaki Artists Association, Juried Artist since 2013