THE HOPE IS THAT EVERY VERMONT school child has heard of the Abenaki Indians, and many have probably heard of the Indigenous “three-sisters” garden of corn, beans, and squash. But for a state with such strong associations with farming, most Vermonters have probably given little thought to the state’s ancient and prehistoric agricultural origins. Yet archaeological remains, combined with early explorers’– Article, Chasing Seeds: The Story of Vermont’s Forgotten Abenaki Food System by Frederick M. Wiseman Ph.D. 2019.
descriptions ofbroad river floodplains covered with crops, provide firm evidence that the Abenakis of the Green Mountain State cultivated and produced corn, sunflowers, beans, Jerusalem artichokes, squash, and other crops, feeding thousands of people over hundreds of years …
Author(s): Frederick M. Wiseman Ph.D.
Publisher: Vermont History, Vermont Historical Society
Date: March/April 2019