Alnobak: Wearing Our Heritage

Collage of Native American people wearing traditional Abenaki clothing
Images courtesy of Jill Cressy Gross, Jeanne Morningstar Kent, and Vera Longtoe Sheehan.

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.

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