Resources

Our Abenaki education team has vetted the following collection of primary and secondary resources. It includes ready-to-use study guides and activity sheets that meet national ELA Common Core Standards and regional standards for Global Citizenship and Flexible Pathways (Act 77).

Please note that resources published before 2011 are likely out-of-date and do not reflect the most up-to-date information about the Abenaki people. Please visit Abenaki tribal websites for more information.

Nebizun: Water Is Life Curatorial Statement

Nebizun: Water Is Life brings together artwork by Abenaki artists of the Champlain Valley and Connecticut River Valley regions to illustrate the Abenaki relationship to water, our awareness of water as a fundamental element necessary for all life, and our concern that pollution of water can change our traditional lifeways and the health of all our relations, human and animal. …

Outdoor Education and Allyship with Abenakis (Video)

Outdoor education is placed-based work that relies on land-based knowledge which often borrows from Native American survival and cultural craft …

A Joint Statement from the Four Vermont State Recognized Abenaki Tribes in Response to Certain Recent Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 6, 2022 – We, the four Vermont state recognized Abenaki tribes, stand together in affirmation of …

Diary of an Accused Pretendian

Since I was small, the Missisquoi River helped to raise me. I heard stories of our sacred places and lived …

The Not so Invisible Border   

The article was originally published on March 26, 2022 and is republished here with permission from the author Jeanne Morningstar …

Atowi Project

Atowi Project is an Elnu Abenaki community initiative to affirm Native relationships to the Land and its inhabitants, raise Indigenous voices, and foster inclusion with understanding, in place. …

Abenaki Trails Project

The goal of the Abenaki Trails project is to visibly honor and share a more inclusive history of the Abenaki people, to highlight historical Abenaki sites and to accentuate the positive influences we have had with Colonial America and the towns we continue to live in today. …

Navigating Partnerships with Indigenous People in a Time of Ethnic Fraud Panic

The process of getting to know Native people can be especially complicated in New England, which has some of the longest colonial histories on the continent. Since most eastern tribal nations historically dealt with the colonies rather than with what eventually became the U.S. federal government, many remain “unrecognized…” …

Response to Colonized ideas of “Race Shifting”

There have been some concerns regarding claims that certain Abenaki individuals, families and communities in Vermont, New Hampshire and neighboring …

Virtual Abenaki Heritage Weekend: Abenaki Basket Makers

The 2021 Virtual Abenaki Heritage Weekend presents “Abenaki Basket Makers” featuring Sherry Gould of the Nulhegan Abenaki Heritage Preservation Department. …

H.556 Passes House

This bill exempts all property owned by Native American tribes or owned by nonprofit organization organized for the benefit of those tribes from statewide education property tax and municipal property tax. …
Historic Society Explains Abenaki Erasure Myth

Historic Society Explains Abenaki Erasure Myth

Published with permission from the Brattleboro Historical Society. In 1828 the Brattleboro publishing company of Holbrook and Fessenden produced “A …

The Colonial World of the Northeast

In order to understand Alnobak people, currently known as the Western Abenaki, we must understand the people around them and …
A Deep Presence: 13,000 Years of Native American History

A Deep Presence: 13,000 Years of Native American History

Almost 13,000 years ago, small groups of Paleoindians endured frigid winters on the edge of a river in what would …
Surviving New England’s Great Dying

Surviving New England’s Great Dying

It’s been more than 400 years since the first Thanksgiving, and there is a lot we are still learning about …

Resources for Native American Heritage Month

In honor of Native American Heritage we collaborated with our friends at Abenaki Trails Project to create this booklet of …
Abenaki Animal Names

Abenaki Animal Names

Animal Names Match-up Activity Sheet Directions: Draw a line from the animal and Abenaki name to its track and English …
Abenaki Woman and Man Coloring Sheet

Abenaki Woman and Man Coloring Sheet

Click here to open the image and print it The artwork on this coloring sheet was created by Francine Poitras …

Sugaring in Wabanahkik (Land of the Dawn): An Abenaki History of Maple

By Alexander Cotnoir As spring temperatures begin to climb across Vermont’s forested landscape, the annual arrival of “sugaring season” – …

The Myth of Native American Extinction Harms Everyone

By Mali Obomsawin Cluelessness about Native people is rampant in New England, which romanticizes its Colonial heritage. In college, I …
A Visit With Trudy Ann Parker Author Of Aunt Sarah

A Visit With Trudy Ann Parker Author Of Aunt Sarah

In this video we interview with Trudy Ann Parker, author of Aunt Sarah Woman Of The Dawnland. Although written as a novel, Trudy brings a story to life which she says is about her Abenaki family. …

Statement on Abenaki Ethnocide in History, Scholarship, and Social Media

The Indigenous Abenaki people of the Northeast have, for generations, been subjected to both genocidal attacks (killing of people) and ethnocidal attacks (killing of culture) by colonial settlers and their descendants. In the colonial era, these threats took the form of murderous attacks on families and villages in war-time. In the modern era, these threats have included eugenic sterilization , forced separations of children and families, misrepresentations of history, and other attacks that the United Nations classifies as “ethnocide.” By definition, ethnocide includes both a “mental element” – “the intent to destroy” – and a “physical element” – when perpetrators …
WHAT DID YOUR LUNCH COST NATURE? Have you gotten All Tangled in a Web?

WHAT DID YOUR LUNCH COST NATURE? Have you gotten All Tangled in a Web?

Grades: 6th – 8th and higherSubjects: Environmental impacts, habitats, Natural resources, ecosystems, competition for resources, carrying capacity, geography, habitat fragmentation, …
The Very Hungary Azaban

The Very Hungary Azaban

GRADES:3rd – 5th grade and higher SUBJECTS:Natural resources, ecosystems, competition for resources, carrying capacity, globalization, social studies, and global citizenship. …

Abenaki Perspective – Hannah Duston

The following article re-contextualizes the 17th century narrative of Hannah Dustin’s kidnapping and how she escaped by killing and scalping …
Riparian Zone Curriculum

Riparian Zone Curriculum

This course was a collaborative effort between the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association and UVM’s Lake Champlain Sea Grant program. What …

DIY Seed Paper: Restoration Ecology for Kids!

This video was created for a lesson plan that Lina Longtoe Schulmeisters created for the Lake Champlain Sea Grant program, …

Abenaki Uses of the Riparian Zone

This video was created for a lesson plan Lina Longtoe Schulmeisters created for the Lake Champlain Sea Grant program, as …
H.880 “An act relating to Abenaki place names on State park signs”

H.880 “An act relating to Abenaki place names on State park signs”

BREAKING News – H.880 “An act relating to Abenaki place names on State park signs” was unanimously passed in the …
Abenaki Animals Coloring Book

Abenaki Animals Coloring Book

Written by Brian Chenevert and illustrated by Francine Poitras Jones The  Abenaki language is one of many indigenous languages in …
N’Dakinna: An Illustrated Abenaki Dictionary for Schools

N’Dakinna: An Illustrated Abenaki Dictionary for Schools

This dictionary was created through a partnership between the Circle of Courage and the Endangered Alphabets Project. It is intended …
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was adopted by the General Assembly on Thursday, 13 September …
NIKWÔBI:  Abenaki Performances

NIKWÔBI: Abenaki Performances

This guide is meant to deepen the experiential learning for students participating during the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association’s performances at  …
Wabanaki Squashes and Pumpkins: 2014 Harvest

Wabanaki Squashes and Pumpkins: 2014 Harvest

Published with permission of the author Frederick M. Wiseman, Ph.D. Series: Seeds of RenewalTitle: Wabanaki Squashes and PumpkinsPublisher: Haven ProjectYear: …
Wabanaki Beans: 2014 Harvest

Wabanaki Beans: 2014 Harvest

Courtesy of Frederick M. Wiseman Series: Seeds of RenewalTitle: Wabanaki BeansPublisher: Haven ProjectYear: 2014 …
Wabanaki Corn Varieties: 2014 Harvest

Wabanaki Corn Varieties: 2014 Harvest

Published with permission of the author Frederick M. Wiseman, Ph.D. Series: Seeds of RenewalTitle: Wabanaki Corn VarietiesPublisher: Haven ProjectYear: 2014 …
Seeds of Renewal: Indigenous Crops of the Northeast

Seeds of Renewal: Indigenous Crops of the Northeast

Published with permission of the author Frederick M. Wiseman, Ph.D. Series: Seeds of RenewalTitle: Indigenous Crops of the NortheastPublisher: Haven …
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards: Guidance for Enhancing the Rigor of K-12 Civics, Economics, Geography, and History

College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards: Guidance for Enhancing the Rigor of K-12 Civics, Economics, Geography, and History

The result of a three year state-led collaborative effort, the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies …
National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: A Framework for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: A Framework for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

National Council for the Social Studies first published national curriculum standards in 1994. Since then, the social studies standards have …
Common Core Standards for English Language Arts &  Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects

Common Core Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects

The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (“the standards”) …
My Bring Up

My Bring Up

As a kid, Shirly Hook learned how to lasso a rooster, ride a heifer, and turn a steamer trunk into …
Celebrating Abenaki Culture

Celebrating Abenaki Culture

After four Abenaki tribes received recognition from the state of Vermont their citizens were finally able to self identify themselves …

Chief Richard O’Bamsawin | Odziozo

From the 2019 Lake Between Conference| Le Lac Qui Nous Unit Conference. This series features interviews discussing Lake Champlain — …

Famous Abenakis

Today, we identify famous people as people we see in movies or on television. This list digs deep into Abenaki …
Molly Ockett & Her World

Molly Ockett & Her World

The following material is excerpted from an exhibition that was on view at the Bethel Historical Society from July 2004 through …
Babaskwahomwôgan: The Spirit Game

Babaskwahomwôgan: The Spirit Game

Lacrosse, Little Brother of War, or The Spirit Game…No matter what you call it, the game require the players to …
Parley and Protocol: Abenaki Diplomacy Past and Present

Parley and Protocol: Abenaki Diplomacy Past and Present

Fort Necessity National Battlefield, U. S. National Park Service site approached the Elnu Abenaki Tribe with the idea of developing …
Alnobak: Wearing Our Heritage

Alnobak: Wearing Our Heritage

Alnôbak is the Abenaki word for human beings so the exhibit title actually means People: Wearing Our Heritage. This traveling …

Nebizun: Water is Life

Exhibition curated by Vera Longtoe Sheehan Header artwork: by Francine Poitras Jones Curatorial Statement Nebizun is the Abenaki word for …
A Brief History: From Koasek Meadows to You Today

A Brief History: From Koasek Meadows to You Today

This booklet was developed to share the diverse cultural history of the Koas Meadows region and the local Koasek Abenaki …
Navigating the Champlain Valley 1609: Quadricentennial

Navigating the Champlain Valley 1609: Quadricentennial

In 1609, Samuel de Champlain came to the lake that now bears his name. He encountered a rich culture in …
Breeding Better Vermonters: The Eugenics Project in the Green Mountain State (Revisiting New England)

Breeding Better Vermonters: The Eugenics Project in the Green Mountain State (Revisiting New England)

“Eugenics — the study of human racial progress through selective breeding — frequently invokes images of social engineering, virulent racism, …
Vera Longtoe Sheehan for Women’s Heritage Month: Molly Ockett

Vera Longtoe Sheehan for Women’s Heritage Month: Molly Ockett

Kwai Nedobak! Nd’elewizi Vera Longtoe Sheehan du Elnu Wôbanaki – that translates into English as: Hello my friends! My name …

Nebizun: Water Is Life Curatorial Statement

Nebizun: Water Is Life brings together artwork by Abenaki artists of the Champlain Valley and Connecticut River Valley regions to illustrate the Abenaki relationship to water, our awareness of water as a fundamental element necessary for all life, and our concern that pollution of water ...

Outdoor Education and Allyship with Abenakis (Video)

Outdoor education is placed-based work that relies on land-based knowledge which often borrows from Native American survival and cultural craft ...
Double Curve design

A Joint Statement from the Four Vermont State Recognized Abenaki Tribes in Response to Certain Recent Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 6, 2022 – We, the four Vermont state recognized Abenaki tribes, stand together in affirmation of ...

Diary of an Accused Pretendian

Since I was small, the Missisquoi River helped to raise me. I heard stories of our sacred places and lived ...
Map of Abenaki territory

The Not so Invisible Border   

The article was originally published on March 26, 2022 and is republished here with permission from the author Jeanne Morningstar ...

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