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*CANCELLED* Rediscovering N’dakinna: Abenaki Erasure, Continuity of Culture, and Transformative Education
November 16, 2019
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Dudley H. Davis Center
Since the time of early colonization, the Abenaki people have become displaced within the territories of N’dakinna (our homeland). Over time, the Abenaki people became obscured by outsiders who erased them from the historic record. However, since four Abenaki tribes received state recognition in 2011 and 2012, Vermonters are waking up to the diversity in their own backyards as Indigenous Abenaki educators have been able to shed light on the shadow of Abenaki erasure and teach New England audiences about the vibrancy of Abenaki culture through transformative educational practices.
This multidisciplinary journey will explore how we have grown as a culturally diverse society; contrast the Abenaki quest for safety and welcome in our own homeland with the experience of other migrants and refugees; and compare the value of far-reaching expertise from academia with the important perspective of local traditional knowledgeways.
Led by: Vera Sheehan, Director of the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association.