Vermont Indigenous Celebration
July 9-12,2009
Burlington, Vt.
© 2009  Vermont Indigenous Celebration
Mohawk Wampum Reading
Darren Bonaparte is a Mohawk writer, artist, and storyteller from the
territory of Ahkwesáhsne.  He is the creator of The Wampum Chronicles
website and a frequent speaker at schools and universities in the US and
Canada.  His writing has appeared in Aboriginal Voices, Native Americas,
and Winds of Change magazines.  In 2000, his community honoured him
by electing him chief of the Mohawk Council of Ahkwesáhsne.
The Vermont Indigenous Celebration
Presentations
Story Telling
Rick Hunt is a professionally trained artist, who illustrates the
traditional stories that Carolyn Black tells as a mural in the
background. Carolyn Black is a natural expressive storyteller
and together they are, "Laughing Couple Interactive
Storytelling".
Abenaki Wampum Reading
Frederick Wiseman, is Professor of Humanities at Johnson
State College; Director of the Abenaki Tribal Museum and
represents Native interests on the Vermont Lake Champlain
Quadricentennial Commission.
Women of the Dawnland
Trudy Ann Parker, author of “Aunt Sarah: Women of the
Dawnland,” will discuss how the lifestyles of Native Peoples
conserved the land and protected the sky and the water from
the shame of pollution and contamination.   And the
importance of caring for and protecting the land, sky, water and
the creatures that inhabit them.  Followed by book signing.
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History
Curriculum
Always In Fashion: 11,000 Years of  Abenaki Attire
The Incredible procession of Native decorative arts of the Far
Northeast,  from the Human Discoverers of the Lake
Champlain Basin over 11,000 years ago -- to the early 21st
century Vermont Native Politician and Pow-Wow Dancer.  This
amazing cultural heritage is proudly modeled by young
Indigenous Vermonters.
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"Sovereignty"
Luke Willard is Chief of the Nulhegan Band Coosuk-Abenaki
and musician.  He will discuss the idea of Sovereignty, not only
as an Abenaki Chief, but also as an American Citizen.  
Also,
be sure to see his Band perform on the Stage on the
Waterfront on Saturday night.  
“Gourds: Seeds of Inspiration” Gourd Artist Jeanne Kent will
explain the history of gourd container, her experience growing
gourds and the visual language of the woodland designs used
to decorate them.

“Moccasin Tracks” - Jeanne will be speaking about tracing
Native American ancestry/genealogy in New England and
Canada.  Based on her personal experience and using actual
examples.
“Getting it Right:
An Abenaki perspective on the discovery of Lake Champlain”
Presented by Followed by s Professor of Humanities at Johnson
State College; Director of the Abenaki Tribal Museum and
represents Native interests on the Vermont Lake Champlain
Quadricentennial Commission.  Lecture will be followed by a
screening of “1609: The Other Side of History," Discussion with
the producers and actors.  Followed by book signing.