Welcome to the Abenaki Arts & Education Center!

The Abenaki Arts & Education Center (AAEC) was created because Abenaki history and culture are not included in the regional curriculum and it is difficult for teachers to find Abenaki educators and authentic curriculum resources. Our website hosts free vetted resources and book recommendations in the Resource Library. You may navigate the website via the pull-down menu above, using the search box, or by clicking any of the tags or keywords on the left. In addition, we offer live and virtual programs centered around Abenaki culture cultural competency, and other topics. Visit the AAEC YouTube channel to see past programs you may have missed.

Our mission is to support American Abenaki sovereignty through education and sharing Abenaki history and cultural resources with people of all ages so Abenaki living culture can be taught across N’Dakinna (our homeland).

Our vision is a future when Abenaki culture will be integrated into all academic content areas, and our virtual exhibitions and interpretive materials will be available regionally and globally.


Testimonials

Thank you. We loved working with you last time and look forward to more time together.

6th grade Class Teacher and Pedagogical Coordinator

Thank you for your incredibly thoughtful and thought provoking presentation. I loved seeing the student hands and voices working together to create fish nets.

Director of Service & Sustainability Learning

We loved having you here, and your visit was a huge hit with our students. We were thrilled with their engagement and their questions—thank you for your patience and careful attention to all that they asked.”

Associate Professor, History of Art and Architecture

“My students did complete a reflection and overwhelmingly they had a positive experience. Many were curious to learn more… Once again, thank you so much for taking the time to visit our classroom. I’m looking forward to having you back.”

6th grade, Global Citizenship Teacher

On behalf of the —- Elementary School, I want to officially thank you for your contribution to the first annual Water is Life project here at our school. Your support, guidance and inspiration were invaluable and we appreciate you! We hope to create an annual celebration of Water is Life here at — School for years to come. Thanks for making our first year special and for sharing the Abenaki culture and traditions with us.

Early Childhood Eduacator

Upcoming Events

Save the Date

Abenaki Heritage Weekend, June 29-30

More details coming soon.

Questions? Please contact Elisa by email programassociate@abenakiart.org or call (802) 265-0092.



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OUR SERVICES (live, virtual, and online)

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Abenaki Alliance Statement in Support of Vermont’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission 

Abenaki Alliance Statement in Support of Vermont’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission 

Vermont recently announced the three commissioners of its Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a group tasked with examining issues of racism, …
Vermont native communities support the Vatican’s repudiation of the 'Doctrine of Discovery'

Vermont native communities support the Vatican’s repudiation of the ‘Doctrine of Discovery’

Long-awaited opportunity to move forward after 500+ years of cultural annihilation. On March 30, 2023, a joint statement from Roman …
Water is Life Teach-In

Water is Life Teach-In

In this all-day workshop, Abenaki Arts & Education Center educators will inspire teachers with interactive, media-rich content that links 12,000 …
Girl processing food with a large mortar and pestal

17th Century Abenaki Girl

Coloring sheet depicting an Abenaki girl wearing pre-contact style leather clothing. She is using a corn pounder to grind corn …
Child sitting at a desk, taking note in a notebook, while watching teacher on the computer

Virtual Artist Educator Toolkit

This toolkit introduces educators to platforms and apps for presenting virtual programs …
Native American Heritage Month Writing Prompt

Native American Heritage Month Writing Prompt

Download this writing prompt to get your students thinking about Native American Heritage Month! In 1990, the United States passed …