Dawnland Story Fest
Feb
2
10:00 AM10:00

Dawnland Story Fest

The Dawnland StoryFest is a warm spot in cold and snowy February and - New Hampshire's only annual Native American Storytelling Festival. This is the 5th year anniversary for the festival and its first year at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, NH. Please join us if you love to listen to traditional Native American stories - and if you'd like to learn more about telling traditional Native American storytelling.

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Jan
26
1:00 PM13:00

Annual Meeting

The members and public annual meeting for the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum will be held on January 26th starting at 1 PM. The trustees will be presenting their committee reports, the 2019 budget will be reviewed and ideas for the 2019 season will be discussed. We look forward to your participation.

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Bark Basket Workshop with Jennifer Lee
Jan
12
10:00 AM10:00

Bark Basket Workshop with Jennifer Lee

Learn how to make a Bark Basket by Jennifer Lee

January 12th, 2019 from 10am to 2pm, the costs is $60.

You must pre register and advance payment is required

You may bring your own tools if you have them but if not Jennifer

will have tools and material.

Please call 603-456-2600 to register and pay. January 12th is the workshop day however there is a snow date of January 26th, 2019 for the same time.

Supported by: New Hampshire State Council on the Arts

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Winter Gathering
Dec
1
10:00 AM10:00

Winter Gathering

Join us for our Winter Gathering
Saturday December 1st, 2018
Time: 10am-3pm
Costs: $6.00 per person
Kids under 12 N/C

We charge very little to attend this event so it would be affordable for more people. If you have the means, we would be most grateful if you can add to our Donations Jar so as a non-profit museum, we can continue to present high quality education and social programs.

Schedule:

10-10:15 - Welcome Song and Dance

10:15 - 11:15 - Storytelling by Anne Jennison

11:15 - 12:15 - Winter Herbal Talk by Lynn Clowes

12:15 - 1:00 - Storytelling by Debra Ballou

1:00 - 2:15 - Corn Husk Doll by Anne Jennison

2:15 - 3:00 - Storytelling by HearsCrow

Kids Table is only available from 11:00am - 2:00PM along with our

food table.

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The Way of the Mocassin by Darlene Kascak Skaghticok
Nov
18
10:00 AM10:00

The Way of the Mocassin by Darlene Kascak Skaghticok

Darlene will educate the general public about differences of tribal crafts across Turtle Island by presenting different moccasin styles and construction.

Darlene Kascak (Schaghticoke Tribal Nation) is the Education Coordinator at The Institute for American Indian Studies and is active in the Schaghticoke Women’s Traditional Council. She is a member of Connecticut’s Storytelling Center and serves on the board of the Connecticut League of Historical Organizations and the Hammonassett Festival planning committee. Although she has taught elsewhere, this will be her first visit to MKIM and she will present an interactive discussion on a variety of tribal moccasins, their construction, and decorations

Along with her role as an educator, she is also Traditional Native American Storyteller preserving oral traditions by word of mouth as a means of passing down cultural knowledge and values. Her mission is to connect the stories passed down from generation to generation to archaeological discoveries, giving voice to the objects. These oral traditions can be used as a tool to validate or challenge academic knowledge and give shared authority to historically marginalized communities.

Darlene’s style of teaching from a Native American’s point of view allows children and adults the opportunity to broaden their perspectives for a new understanding of Indigenous Peoples’ lives, both in the past and in the present. Her work brings awareness to impact that stereotypes and myths have on the perception of other cultures as well as the legacies of native contact with other groups.

Cost: $15.00 per Member and $20.00 per Non-Member

Please call 603-456-2600 to reserve a place for this event.

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The Language of the Baskets by Sherri Gould
Nov
17
1:00 PM13:00

The Language of the Baskets by Sherri Gould

Sherry Gould lives in Warner, NH with her husband Bill. They were both born and raised in New Hampshire. Together, they raised their two daughters in Warner. They celebrate their Abenaki heritage and love making beautiful baskets. Sherry studied Abenaki fancy baskets in 2004 and 2007 with master artist Jeanie Brink of Barre, VT through grants from the New Hampshire Arts Council, Traditional Arts apprenticeship program. Together Sherry and Bill studied utilitarian Abenaki basket-making in 2006 under master artist Newt Washburn of Bethlehem, NH. Sherry's basket focus is on fancy baskets. From 2009-2013 Sherry has taught four apprentices, some through an award from the NH Arts Council, Traditional Arts program. She became a juried basket maker through the League of NH Craftsmen in 20065, being the first Native American artist in the league.

 I love baskets. They are, and they have always been a part of who I am. I am many things, but I am best known for my baskets.  When I work with my husband on baskets, we are the most centered and “one” as any time in our lives together. When my mother, or my daughters, or my nephew, my sister, my brother, or my grandchildren sit down to make a basket with me, there is nothing wrong anywhere in the world. This signifies to me the rightness of basket making in my life. I can sit all alone with strips of brown ash and sweetgrass and create a work, first in my mind’s eye, then in a dimensional reality and I feel all those in my family who came before me and are no longer walking with us, who sat, saw and created their own basketry. Gathering the materials for baskets is fundamentally woven into the process of my work. My husband gathers the brown ash trees. He is a lumberman; it is so very much a part of who he is. He is so much a part of who I am, and it brings him into each basket I create. We gather sweetgrass together from indigenous places in New Hampshire and Maine. It is an act of worship in concert with those old ones who visited and tended and harvested in those gardens of old. I gather the materials to add color and texture to my baskets from my land, or from the flea market, or online. It is all the same, a simple and beautiful act of gathering. I learned this art form from two incredible traditional artists; Jeanne Brink, a fancy basket maker and Newt Washburn, a utilitarian basket maker. Being rooted in these two veins of Abenaki tradition provides a solid base for my work. I have started down a path of divergence from the traditional basket forms I was taught. It is a bit frightening to wander off, but it is very exciting! It is my prayer that you see beauty in my basket and that it evokes in you a deep sense that all is right in your world.

Costs: $15.00 Members $20.00 Non Members

Call 603-456-2600 to reserve your place for this event.

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Presentation - The Light Behind our Eyes
Nov
11
11:00 AM11:00

Presentation - The Light Behind our Eyes

CHANGE IN PROGRAM PRESENTATION TIME!

Today’s your last day to make an advanced reservation to hear Melody Walker Brook Presentation from 11:00am to 1:00pm allowing time for questions and answers. 
Please call to reserve 603-456-2600 today!

Melody's Presentation was originally from 1-3pm, however due to circumstances we had to change the time from that to 11am - 1pm.

Those of you who are unable to adjust to the new schedule is not to worry, because we will have a repeat presentation later.

Presentation:  Abenaki Perspectives on Personhood

By Melody Walker Brook

Part of the Native American Heritage Month Series

Education- Identity is the heart of the human experience. Indigenous people occupy a unique cultural space and view the world through a different lens. Put on your Abenaki glasses and see a world full of people human and non-human. Explore concepts of personhood and identity with Melody Walker Brook who presents 'The Light Behind Our Eyes'.

Melody Walker Brook is an educator, activist and artist, currently an adjunct professor at Champlain College. She was previously an adjunct professor at Johnson State College where she taught “Native American Worldview and Spirituality”; “Native American History and Culture”; and “Abenakis and Their Neighbors”. She gives lectures on a variety of topics, including Abenaki history, women’s issues, and Abenaki political history. She has done ground breaking research on Abenaki Spirituality and is heavily involved in the Abenaki cultural revitalization movement. She works with museums, lectures in both the K-12 and collegiate level classroom on topics relating to the Eastern Woodlands and indigenous history.

Costs: $15 for Members $20 for Non Members

Please call 603-456-2600 to reserve your place today for this event. Again presentation is at a new time of 11:00am to 1:00pm.

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Tribal Sovereignty, Land Reclamation, and more by Chief Don Stevens
Nov
10
12:00 PM12:00

Tribal Sovereignty, Land Reclamation, and more by Chief Don Stevens

Chief Don Stevens will offer a two to three hours presentation including an open dialogue of questions and answers. He will provide a factual account of the Nulhegan Abenaki's successful struggle to reclaim the land of the ancestors. To familiarize tourists and residents of NH and Vermont with the challenges faced by the local indigenous people and how those obstacles are still being dealt with today.

Don Stevens, Chief of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk - Abenaki Nation is an award-winning leader, businessman, writer, and lecturer. He has been featured in magazines, books, TV shows, and documentaries.

Don was appointed to the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs by Governor Douglas in 2006 for two terms where he served as Chair. He helped lead the fight to obtain legal recognition for the Abenaki People in Vermont. Don was able to acquire tribal land for the Nulhegan Tribe which had been absent for over 200 years.

Don has over 26 years of experience in successfully developing Information Technology, Logistics, and Manufacturing strategies for multi-million dollar companies. He proudly served in the US Army and graduated from Champlain College with a degree in Computer Information Systems. Don currently serves on many State Boards and Advisory Panels including the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Advisory Panel and the Attorney General’s Racial Disparities in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System Advisory Panel to name a few.

Costs: $15 for Members, $20 for Non-Members

Please call to reserve your place for this event.

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South Western Jewelry
Nov
4
12:00 PM12:00

South Western Jewelry

On Sunday November 4th from 12:00 noon to 3:00 Ed Bullock will present “A practical guide to Southwestern Native American Jewelry” at the Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum. This will be an informational session to help distinguish differing styles and methods of Southwestern Native jewelry. Included will be examples of silver-smithing techniques, stone identification, regional specialties and evaluation. Bring in your special piece for identification of origin, materials, structural integrity and possibilities of repair or re-purposing.

Current Native American jewelry made in the Southwest is utilizing traditional methods of manufacture and stones traded from around the world. Learn how to detect natural stones from synthetic as well as ways to distinguish Native Made jewelry from imports.

Ed Bullock, Wampanoag, has owned and operated the Little Bull, in York Beach, Maine for over 30 years. He travels to New Mexico and Arizona every year to purchase jewelry for his shop, as well as pottery, kachinas and artifacts. He has many connections in the Southwest to purchase directly from makers and co-ops on the Zuni, Navajo, Hopi reservations as well as many of the Pueblos in New Mexico. He has been selling, making and repairing silver jewelry in many capacities since 1988. A second generation trader of Native American goods he has perspective to share as well as a story or two.

Come to the Museum to enjoy a fun filled day and learn about this magical Native American made Silver-smithing tradition.

Costs: $15 for Members $20 for Non-Members

Please call to reserve your place today at 603-456-2600.

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Flute Concert by Allan Madahbee (Ojibwa)
Nov
3
5:00 PM17:00

Flute Concert by Allan Madahbee (Ojibwa)

Description: Flute Concert by Allan Madahbee (Ojibwa) 
November 3rd, 2018

Regrettably, we have had to cancel the first seminar of our Native American Month Series due to unfortunate circumstances. Not to worry though, because we will be rescheduling this captivating and inspiring presentation of the "Flutes of Turtle Island" and concert with Alan Madahbee.

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Flute Presentation by Allan Madahbee (Ojibwa)
Nov
3
2:00 PM14:00

Flute Presentation by Allan Madahbee (Ojibwa)

Description:Presentation by Allan Madahbee (Ojibwa) 
November 3rd, 2018

Regrettably, we have had to cancel the first seminar of our Native American Month Series due to unfortunate circumstances. Not to worry though, because we will be rescheduling this captivating and inspiring presentation of the "Flutes of Turtle Island" and concert with Alan Madahbee.

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Bob Goodby Presentation 12,000 Years Ago in the Granite State
Oct
20
3:00 PM15:00

Bob Goodby Presentation 12,000 Years Ago in the Granite State

12,000 Years Ago in the Granite State

The native Abenaki people played a central role in the history of the Monadnock region, defending it against  English settlement and forcing the abandonment of Keene and other Monadnock area towns during the French and Indian Wars. Despite this, little is known about the Abenaki, and conventional histories often depict the first Europeans entering an untamed, uninhabited wilderness, rather than the homeland of people who had been there for hundreds of generations. Robert Goodby discusses how the real depth of Native history was revealed when an archaeological study prior to construction of the new Keene Middle School discovered traces of four structures dating to the end of the Ice Age. Undisturbed  for 12,000 years, the site revealed information about the economy, gender roles, and household organization of the Granite State's very first inhabitants, as well as evidence of social networks that extended for hundreds of miles across northern New England. 

 

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Harvest Moon & Naturefest
Sep
23
10:00 AM10:00

Harvest Moon & Naturefest

Join us for a day of fun and excitement, exhibitions, demonstrations, talks, stories, games, and foods! It's our 25th-Annual Harvest Moon and NatureFest to be held on Sunday, September 23rd from 10AM to 4PM.

Scheduled Events:

10:30 to 11:30 Raptor Rapture with Kevin Wall of the NH

Audubon

1:00 to 2:00 pm  Storytelling by Debra Ballou

2:00 - 3:00pm Wildlife Encounters-showing of many animals

around the world

 

ALL DAY EVENTS INCLUDE:

Atlatl Throwing-Robert Goodby with Frank Pierce Anthropology Club

Medicine Woods Walks with Karen Tuininga

Ash-Log & Pounding Tools with Linda Hartman

Flint Knapping with George Leduc

Encampment with Chris Bullock

Twined Baskets by Julia Marden

Canoe Burning by Gary Young

Dreamcatchers Demonstrations by Lenny Novak

Basket Making Demonstrations by Katie Devoid

A Wigwam will be built from the ground up.

Children's Tent: Lynn Murphy with Abenaki Word Scavenger Hunt

                       And Sue Cannella with Loom Beading

Demonstrations with Rawhide by Jan Hibbard

Kids Activities Tent by Nature Discovery Center

 

All Day Native Foods prepared by MKIM Trustees and Staff will be available for purchase

Turkey Wild Rice Soup

Vegetable Chili

Pueblo Pecan Crescents

Hidatsa Bison Stew

Corn Bread

Cherokee Blueberry Honey Cake

Apple Cider

Coffee

Tea

Water

 

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum and the Nature Discovery Center will have free tours with paid Harvest Moon admission.

Admission Fees:

General Admission Adults $10

Students (6 to 12) $5.00

     Under 6  Free

Members: $5

Family: $30

FREE for Native Americans

 

***Guest Passes ARE NOT redeemable for special events***

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Fall-ing into the Harvest
Sep
8
10:00 AM10:00

Fall-ing into the Harvest

**Had to be canceled, not enough interest from sign up"

"Lynn Clowes will be returning to MKIM on September 8th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. She will be sharing her extensive background with wild crafted foods and medicines that are part of the traditional Autumnal harvest.

In the Modern Art Gallery, Lynn will give a talk and bring samples to share with the circle. Weather permitting she will also lead a walk through the Medicine woods and around the MKIM Campus looking for roots, nuts and other edibles and medicinal plants."

You must call to register for your space at 603-456-2600.   Members are $10 and Non-Members are $15.00

Thank you

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