suzanne vermette

Elnu Abenaki Tribe

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Suzanne Vernette

Artist Bio

Suzanne is a Native American Educator. She is also a historian, story teller, fiber artist, bead worker and native house builder. She has done speaking engagements, lectures and demonstrations at schools, colleges, museums and historic sites throughout the Northeast for almost twenty years. 

Artist Statement

My mother and grandmothers were all fiber artists. My earliest memories are of learning how to knit, sew, embroider, and tat, from them. My first piece of needlepoint was in a show when I was just 7 years old. I have expanded on this background and now I also finger weave, twine, do beadwork, moose hair embroidery and weave. I have researched these traditional art forms both in print and in museums for several decades. Several of my pieces are in museums in the Northeast. I often work with hemp, wool, silk, jute and cotton.  

While the female sides of my family have always done ‘hand work’, the male sides have been house builders and it is through them that I get my interest and ability to build various forms of Northeast houses including, Longhouses, wigwams, and reservation period log houses. I have researched these homes extensively with first hand accounts and by visiting various sites throughout the Northeast and Canada that had either reconstructed buildings or archeological remains. Materials I may use for house construction include; Elm, Hemlock, Chestnut, Tulip, and, Yellow Poplar. I have probably built more of these structures than anyone living.

I am available for presentations, lectures and demonstrations on Abenaki and Iroquois art, history and culture. My programs often include such topics as gender roles and family life, material culture, trade, toys and games, plants, food and cooking. Images and touchable objects are always part of my programs.

Contact

Phone: (607) 437-1912

Email: tsita8@gmail.com

Image of Fingerwoven Sashes and Leg Ties.
Fingerwoven Sashes and Leg Ties

Image of a Bark House.
Bark House

Image of  Corn Husk Dolls.
 Corn Husk Dolls

Exhibits

2016

Parley and Protocol: Abenaki Dipolomacy Past and Present. Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Farmington, PA.

 2007-20012

State University College at Oneonta, N.Y.

1995-2006

New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, N.Y.

Presentations:

1995-2005 Native Interpreter, Objects Preparator and Native American Arts Specialist, New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, New York

1996-1999 Upper Catskill Council of the Arts Presenter. Oneonta, New York.

Oct 2005 Cooperstown Graduate Program, Cooperstown, New York.

2007-2012 Lead Educator and Story Teller.University College at Oneonta, New York.

2010-2011 Iroquois Museum Primitive Tech Day, Howe’s Caves, New York

2012-2015 Pemaquid State Historic Site, New Harbor, Massachusetts.

2013-2015 Annual Native American Weekend, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, Vermont.

2016   Abenaki Cultural Weekend. Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Farmington, PA.

Publications, Articles and Related Materials, etc:

2000 “Body Ornamentation of Woodland Indians” New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, New York.

2001 “Seneca Log House” New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, New York.

2002 “Feeding Body and Soul: Haudenosaunee Agriculture in the 19th Century” (Contributor) New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, New York.

2011 “Teachers Guide and Related Materials, Longhouse Project” State University College at Oneonta, New York.

2012 “Iroquoian Plant Identification Trail Guide” State University College at Oneonta, New York.

2012 “Sisters North and South” Co-Authored. Scurlock Publications, Texas. Accepted for publication.

2012 “Clinton Sullivan Champaign” Longhouse Project. State University College at Oneonta, New York.

2012 “Iroquoian Food Ways” Longhouse Project. State University College at Oneonta, New York.

2012 “The Gantowisas: Iroquois Women” Longhouse Project. State University College at Oneonta, New York.

2013 “Log Houses of the Clinton Sullivan Champaign”. Journal of the Early Americas. PA.Accepted for publication.

2013 “A Tonawanda Seneca Log House” Journal of the Early Americas. PA. Accepted for publication.

Film & Radio:

N.Y.S. D.O.T. “The Natural Corridor”. Documentary on the history of transportation. 1998

2013 Walking in Two Worlds. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Lake Champlain, N.Y.

June 2014 F. Reger, Deborah, Moccasin Tracks. WGDR 91.1 FM

June 2015 F. Reger, Deborah. Moccasin Tracks. WGDR 91.1 FM

Aug 2015 F. Reger, Deborah. Moccasin Tracks. WGDR 91.1 FM

Affiliations:

Woodland Confederacy

Vermont Abenaki Artists Association, Juried Artist since 2015

Connecticut Archeological Society

Native American Institute of the Hudson River Valley