“Fullness of knowledge always and necessarily means some understanding of the depths of our ignorance, and that is always conducive to both humility and reverence.”— Robert A. Millikan
I have a great interest in the context and culture of the area in which I now live, prior to its becoming the Brattleboro, Vermont we know today. And it has become clear that there has been, and continues to be (perhaps deepening), a great ignorance of the story of this land and its people. Some say it has been deliberate. Meaning, the disregarding of the vast sweep of 12,000 years preceding the past scant three hundred of European settlement: the Sokwakiak of the Western Abenaki were here for many centuries and their ancestors for millenia before them. And, it must be affirmed, their descendants are still among us.
By way of honoring this land and its people, I would like to acknowledge and document this ongoing heritage; I hope to encourage an awareness that will engender respect. By sharing, it will do greater good and travel farther; these notes do not belong to me but to the land and its people. I do not profess to be an expert: I am always open to learning more and understanding better. Please excuse any errors and share your mind and words with me.