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      Reclaiming Our Ancestors:The First 12,000 Yrs of Abenaki History in Burlington

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      May 7, 2019

      Tuesday   6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (monthly on the 1st Tuesday for 1 times)

      1 Ethan Allen
      Burlington, Vermont 05408

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      Reclaiming Our Ancestors:The First 12,000 Yrs of Abenaki History

      In this series we join Abenaki author, filmmaker, activist and
      scholar Frederick M. Wiseman, on a virtual journey through
      Vermont's marvelous prehistory, from the Early arrivals of
      Paleo-Indian big-game and marine mammal hunters during
      the waning of the Ice Age, to the intense environmental
      adaptations and societal complexities of the Archaic Period,
      to the arrival of new ideas and technologies from the South
      and West in the Woodland Period. All of this complex
      legacy was disrupted and deflected by the arrival of
      European disease, technology and settlers. Although this
      series of programs was designed as a learning aid for
      Vermont Abenakis interested in understanding their
      heritage, it is open to the public as well.

      In order to provide as many alternate ancestral voices as
      possible, the "Learning Circle" gatherings will consist of
      stories told, academic-style PowerPoint slide shows, hands
      on demonstrations of ancient technologies, movies by
      Wabanaki writers and producers, and Indigenous music

      This series of learning gatherings will be especially valuable
      for K-12 teachers, and relicensure hours will be available.

      Course Schedule

      Gathering One: "Introduction to the Abenakis: Identity Culture, and Ecology" (February 5, 2019)

      The nature of Native American Identity and its relation to other classes of protected communities. We then focus on the unique culture and language of the Wabanaki peoples and demonstrate the position of the Vermont Abenakis within this cultural grouping. We then proceed to the great historical and geographic processes that determined how and why the Abenakis are a distinctive people.

      Gathering Two, "The Way of the Animal Spirits: The Paleo-Indian Period" (March 5, 2019)

      includes the Paleo-environmental history of Ice age North America and New England; Vermont's Ice-Age animals and plant communities; Paleo Indian culture, ecology and spirituality. Did humans exterminate the Ice Age "Megafauna" such as wooly mammoths?

      Gathering Three, "The "Red Paint" Culture and the arrival of Adena" (May 7, 2019)

      deals with "Post Pleistocene" ecological adaptations and optimal foraging, the Maritime Archaic Culture and complex earthworks; the arrival and adaptation of Adena Culture in Vermont, the first whiff of Civilization. Also covered are arts sophistication and spirituality and the cultural and spiritual legacy of the First Round of Indigenous Vermont Civilization.

      Gathering Four: " The Way of the Seeded Earth: Woodland Period Indigenous Agriculture " (June 4, 2019)

      This module will focus on the arrival of agriculture to the Abenaki communities that revolutionized Indigenous life, causing huge shifts in everything from settlement types and patterns, family and kinship, to spirituality and food systems. We explore the origins and development of the distinctive Abenaki domesticated crops as well as gardening systems and cuisine.

      Next fall, the chronicle will continues with "Something of Value the little-known last 400 years of the Vermont Abenaki experience."

      $20 per meeting or $65 for the whole series. No charge for Indigenous Citizens.

      For More Information Contact: or call 865-4556

      Cost: Payment required - $20 Each or $65 for all four in the series

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      This event repeats monthly on the 1st Tuesday for 1 times: May 7

      Event details may change at any time, always check with the event organizer when planning to attend this event or purchase tickets.