Alnôbak is the Abenaki word for human beings so the exhibit title actually means People: Wearing Our Heritage.
This traveling exhibit examined how Abenaki regalia (special clothing) has been made and is still made and worn for self-affirmation, to affirm connections with family, clan, band, and tribe, and to express identity within the geographical locale co-occupied with mainstream culture.
This special traveling exhibition was developed through a partnership of the Vermont Abenaki Arts Association and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. The exhibit traveled to five venues in New England from 2017 – 2019. Co-curated by Vera Longtoe Sheehan and Eloise Beil.
NEWS AND REVIEWS
‘Alnobak: Wearing Our Heritage,’ Amy E. Tarrant Gallery by Rachel Jones. Seven Days. April 19, 2017
Abenaki Exhibit Comes to Flynn Center’s Tarrant Gallery by Brent Hallenbeck. Burlington Free Press: Part of the USA TODAY Network . April 13, 2017.
Abenaki clothing wear a rich history by Melanie Plenda. Union Leader. September 22, 2017.
Radio: ‘Wearing Our Heritage’: Abenaki Artist Curates Exhibit Of Wearable Art by Mary Williams. April 14, 2014.
History Space: Celebrating Abenaki Culture. Burlington Free Press. 2018.