Presenting Abenaki Culture in the Classroom

Music, history and archaeology, weaving, social justice issues, and heirloom plants . .

Through a combination of lectures and experiential learning, Vermont Abenaki Artists Association and Abenaki Arts & Education Center scholars, historians, and culture bearers will present this vibrant regional culture that reaches back nearly 13,000 years and continues today.

The seventh annual Presenting Abenaki Culture in the Classroom course will provide teachers and homeschool educators with a deeper understanding of how Indigenous culture continues into the 21st century. Sessions will include history and stereotypes; new resources being developed for use in classrooms and online; age-appropriate activities; and how teachers can better support Abenaki and other Native students while presenting American history and additional academic content areas. The program includes a virtual exploration of the exhibition Nebizun: Water is Life. This rich learning experience will provide educators in all settings with new resources and techniques to help students learn about Abenaki culture, and a forum to discuss the “Flexible Pathways” initiative.

Presented through a partnership between the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association, Abenaki Arts & Education Center, and Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.

Audience: Teachers, Educators, and homeschoolers

When: Fall semester (September through December)

Location: Hybrid of Zoom and Moodle (learning management system).

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Verbal Description: A group of people sitting in a circle of stone benches in an outdoor. The participants are leaning in to hear the Abenaki instructors who are standing at the edge of the garden.