The Seven Sisters of Abenaki Indigenous Agriculture

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Building on the previously posted article, here’s a wonderful post on the blog of the Vermont Community Garden Network which digs deeper into the work of the Seeds of Renewal project. The author attended a workshop hosted by the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism during which they explored the fact that there are relationships with a large family of plants beyond the well-known Three Sisters.


Indigenous Wabanaki Harvest School To Be Held

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Short notice, but the Montpelier Bridge has listed notice (article here) of an all-day presentation about Wabanaki agriculture, with a special focus on celebrating a Native harvest feast. Hosted by The Center for Integrative Herbalism, it will be held tomorrow, November 7, 2015, beginning at 9 am. This builds on Dr. Fred Wiseman’s ongoing work with the Seeds of Renewal Project, researching and restoring the history and culture of Wabanaki food production, cycles, and ceremony.

Walking the Talk


National Geographic Channel’s upcoming release Saints and Strangers, to be shown this Thanksgiving 2015  season, is eagerly anticipated by many with a focus on Native culture in the Northeast. Western Abenaki language instructor Jesse Bruchac was enlisted to help make this “the most authentic retelling of the Thanksgiving story ever committed to film.”  The Native American cast members, among them Tatanka Means, Kalani Queypo, and Raoul Trujillo, accepted the challenge and wholeheartedly committed themselves to the task as an honor.

Channel Guide Magazine online has the story here.

Kluskap of the Wabanaki

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From the Portland Press-Herald article: Artist illustrates legends of Wabanaki mythological hero

“I have discovered that most legends are simply told and not illustrated,” Dozay said in a press release. “I feel and have experienced that our Wabanaki tribes and cultural significance are known and considered significant among our own people, but lacking in mainstream Aboriginal teachings. …”

The exhibit, “Kluskap of the Wabanaki,” will open Nov. 5 and run through Dec. 19 at the Abbe Museum in downtown Bar Harbor . It features original paintings by native artist Arlene Christmas Dozay that illustrate various legends of the mythological hero and his adventures across the Wabanaki homeland, using landmarks that tell his story.

Passamaquoddy Tribe to Launch Language Immersion Program

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Passamaquoddy Donald Soctomah will serve as program administrator.

From the Bangor Daily News:

PLEASANT POINT, Maine — A three-year, $750,000 federal grant from the Administration of Native Americans is aimed at helping the Passamaquoddy revive their language.

The tribe will use the money to develop two language immersion programs for preschoolers and a handful of adults — one at each of the reservations in Pleasant Point and Indian Township, said Donald Soctomah, who is serving as administrator as an in-kind contribution required by the grant.

1676 and Beyond: Tribes, Race, and Untold Histories

A flyer for the upcoming presentation by David Tall Pine White and David Brule to be held at Greenfield Congregational Church on November 7, 2015, from 10 am ’til 12:30 pm. Now what? –  a contemporary perspective through a historical lens.

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A Theme of Invisibility: Abenaki History in New Hampshire

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From the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript:

Franklin Pierce professor Robert Goodby used this statement as his premise during a talk on the Abenaki presence in New England at the Greenville library on Wednesday, Oct. 14th. “There is a theme of invisibility,” said Goodby. “Native history is largely invisible to people, and there is a lack of information about native history.”

“They’re still here,” said Goodby. “They never left.”