Museum Exhibitions

This page includes our current permanent and traveling museum exhibits.

Beyond the Curve Coming Soon

On View

June 17th to October 15, 2023 – Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes, VT.

October 21, 2023 to January 6, 2024 – Mad River Valley Arts, Waitsfield, VT.

Reopens at Chaffee Art Center on June 7, 2024 –July 19, 2024.

Chaffee Art Center
16 South Main Street
Rutland, VT 05701
Phone: (802) 775-0356

Beyond the Curve: the Abenaki COVID Experience

In March 2020, the world stood still as businesses and schools around the world closed in response to the global pandemic. Broadcast media, health and government officials repeated
the daily mantra “Flatten the Curve.” Resources became scarce, exposing health disparities and access issues that Native American families face across North America. Here in N’Dakinna (our homeland) Abenaki families turned to traditional medicines and other cultural practices for comfort and survival, connecting with nature and small family groups.

Throughout the dark times that followed, Abenaki and other Native American artists, musicians, and community members expressed the impact of the pandemic on ourselves and our community through storytelling, visual arts, and writing. Our stories of personal experience and perceptions about the disparities, access issues, and historical traumas that contribute to vaccine hesitation are also stories of recovery, survival, and resilience.

The stories and artwork in this exhibit were gathered by the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association through the Abenaki Storytelling Project to create an auto-history of the Native American community in Vermont and the surrounding environs.

Many of the storytellers, artists, and community members who contributed to this body of work found that sharing helped them process their grief. This exhibition goes beyond differences to speak of experiences that are universal.
Together, we move Beyond the Curve.

Waolôwzi (be very well)

Special Thanks To Our Sponsors

Abenaki Arts and Education Association logo with dark blue background and a white design with double curves and florets and words that say Sharing Abenaki Educational Resources with Classrooms Across N'dakinna.
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Vermont Humanities logo.
Vermont Department of Health logo.

Nebizun: Water is Life (2022-2024)

Nebizun (alternately spelled Nebizon) is the Abenaki word for medicine and the root word Nebi is the Abenaki word for water. The rivers and tributaries of N’Dakinna (our homeland) were our highways for traveling and the water itself is important to the species of fish and other wildlife that is necessary to our way of life. As stewards of the environment Native American people know the importance of having clean water. The Abenaki people know and understand the importance of water in everyday activities related to foodways and healing powers of water. Nebizun: Water is Life draws its inspiration from Native American Grandmothers who have been doing water walks to pray for the water, and the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Curated by Vera Longtoe Sheehan.

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Acrylic painting of a water scene with many shades of blues and greens.
Water is Life painting by Francine Poitras Jones

Featured Artists: Charlie Adams (Elnu), Vicki Blanchard (Nulhegan), Joe Bruchac (Nulhegan), Bill Gould (Nulhegan), Francine Poitras Jones (Nulhegan), Jeanne Morningstar Kent (Nulhegan), Melody Walker Makin (Elnu), Lucy Cannon Neel (Nulhegan), Hawk Schulmeisters (Elnu), Breanna Sheehan (Elnu), Linda Longtoe Sheehan (Elnu), Chief Roger Longtoe Sheehan (Elnu), Vera Longtoe Sheehan (Elnu), JES (Elnu), Chief April St Francis Rushlow (Missisquoi), Dorothy Tondreau (Elnu), Amy Hook-Therrien (Koasek), and Aaron York (Missisquoi).

Special thanks to Frederick M. Wiseman, Ph.D. for the usage of his family’s fishing equipment.

Thank you to our partners and supporters!

Image of Vermont Humanities logo.
Abenaki Arts & Education Center Logo
Image of Vermont Arts Council logo.

Fiber Arts exhibit MKIM

North East Woodland Fiber Art (2014 to present)

Discover hidden secrets of New England Native people as you explore traditional fiber arts that were once used to create their cloths and containers. Learn how one family in the Northeast has continued this tradition unbroken for generations.  Explore plant materials that were and are still used to create soft twine woven bags, baskets and containers. Guest curated by Vera Longtoe  Sheehan.

Featured artists: Jessee Lawyer, Julia Marden, Vera Longtoe Sheehan, and Lina Longtoe.  

On View at Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum. Warner, NH.

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