Vera Longtoe Sheehan (Founder and Contributor) has an educational background in Museum Studies and Native American Studies. She has been developing and implementing educational programs and consultation with museums, schools, and historic sites for over twenty-five years. As the Director of the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association and Abenaki Arts & Education Center, she leads the education team in the development of study guides and educational programs. The focus of Vera’s art is in traditional clothing and twined woven plant fiber bags.
Lina Longtoe Schulmeisters (Contributor) is an environmental scientist and Fulbright Scholarship alumna. She has received academic international awards and scholarships while her research has received presidential praise. She holds several Project WILD certifications, a program which is sponsored nationally by the EPA and Fish and Wildlife Department. Lina has served her Abenaki community for over a decade, as the official documentarian of the Elnu Abenaki Tribe, Vermont Abenaki Artists Association (VAAA), volunteer, and intern, and now as the Program Coordinator for VAAA. Photo by Spencer Jaffe.
Melody Walker (Contributor) is an Academic Advisor at American Public University and an Adjunct Professor at Northern Virginia Community College, former Adjunct Professor at Champlain College. She formerly taught the Abenakis and Their Neighbors and Abenaki Spirituality at Johnson State College. She served two terms on the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs. Additionally, she is a traditional beadworker and finger weaver.
Francine Poitras Jones (Editor and Artist) retired from a thirty-year career in marketing and copy editing to pursue a second career as a substitute elementary school teacher. For the past five years, she has been teaching grades K through 5th grade, and she presents educational programs to elementary students. Additionally, she is a painter that finds inspiration in her culture and everything around her. Francine s a beadworker and a craftsperson.