Something of Value: The last 400 Years of the Abenaki Experience

The last 400 years have witnessed a cultural, political and sometimes military conflict between the Abenakis and their allies and the Euroamerican colonial system. However, this complex time offered opportunities for cultural growth, adaptation and even a measure of serenity. We examine the intricate interplay of forces that ultimately led to the vibrant Abenaki Renaissance of today.

$20 per Session, $60 for the Whole Series, No Charge for Indigenous Citizens

First Thursday of the every month beginning September 5, 2019, 6:00 to 9:00 pm at The Vermont Indigenous Heritage Center at the Ethan Allen Homestead, 1 Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, VT 05408.

We begin with the nature of Native American Identity and the unique culture and language of the Wabanaki peoples.  We then learn about the huge political and ecological upheavals caused by the arrival of European diseases, artifacts and that forever changed the ways that the Abenakis related to each other, to the spirit world and their plant and animal relations.  The French and the English explorers, traders and colonists all had different motives in contacting and working with or exploiting the Abenakis and the Abenakis in turn exploited the newcomers.  We explore the latest thinking on how this “First Contact” system worked that have replaced old racist conquest or assimilationist concepts. Please pre-enroll at:

Finding Native America: The Ancient Civilizations of the New World

At the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum in Burlington, VT

Sept. 7  2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

$20 per person – Free for Indigenous Citizens

Abenaki corn, beans and squash, as well as many of their spiritual beliefs have their ultimate origin in an amazing cultural nexus that stretched from Central Mexico to Northern Central America– a place called Mesoamerica. Learn about Professor Wiseman’s 25 years of academic research into the beginning of Native farming and the reasons for the rise of social complexity of Indigenous American Civilization.  We then explore their thousands of years of artistic, architectural and religious sophistication, and the newly-revealed reasons why civilization fell.  Finally, we trace the Mesoamerican strain to Vermont and what it means to Abenakis as Indigenous Persons today. Register online at: