19th Annual Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum Powwow
Jul
14
to Jul 15

19th Annual Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum Powwow

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Join Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum for our Annual Powwow

Two fun-filled days of music, dancing, storytelling, special exhibits.

Quality vendors selling Native American Arts.  Crafts and Supplies.  Enjoy the traditional and contemporary foods available to fill every appetite.


Head Man Dancer: Larry Thetford, Crow
Head Lady Dancer: Lee Willette, Annishnaabe
Jr Head Man Dancer: Michael Sobolewski, Abenaki
Jr Head Lady Dancer: Nami Cook, Abenaki/Mohawk/Lumbee/Muskogee

Host Drum: Walking Bear Singers
Guest Drum(s): Black Thunder Singers, Blackstone Valley Singers

The Heartbeat of the People

Music is an integral part of Native American culture and there are few better opportunities to appreciate it’s beauty and complexity than at a traditional powwow. The drum is often heralded as the “heartbeat of the people” and MKIM is fortunate to host several of the best Northern and Southern style drums in New England for their annual powwow.

Admissions: Members Adults $5.00 Member Children under 12 free
Not yet Members Adults $10.00 Children Ages 6-12 $5.00 Family $30.00 5 and under free Native Americans free
For more information call 603-456-2600 or email info@indianmuseum.org

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Honor the Children
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

Honor the Children

During the event, there will be a display in the Gallery of children's clothing, toys, etc
The day will open with the Telling of the Children's Fire
In the morning the children will be making rattles for themselves
Two Craft and game sessions in am
Crafts and age-appropriate games available throughout the day.

Please bring a picnic lunch and spend the day by enjoying our beautiful arboretum with views of Mink Hills.

Childrens talking circle with Sherry Gould

One more craft cycle
Close with Honor Dance Children with rattles Adults with beaters

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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 Debra Ballou - Storyteller in the Medicine

Woods

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

around the world


 

All Day Events Include:


Atlatl Throwing with Frank Pierce Anthropology Club

Medicine Woods Walks with Karen Tuininga

Ash-Log & Pounding Tools with Linda Hartman

Flint Knapping with George Leduc

Hide Prep with Chris Bullock

Twined Baskets by Julia Marden

Canoe Burning by Gary Young

Dreamcatchers Demonstrations by Lenny Novak

Basket Making Demonstrations by Kathy Devoid


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


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 and Seniors $5.00

Members: $5

Family: $30

FREE for Native Americans

Stay tuned -- More information to come!


***Guest Passes are not redeemable for special events***

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The Strawberry Festival Celebration - The Ripening Fruit
Jun
24
10:00 AM10:00

The Strawberry Festival Celebration - The Ripening Fruit

Numerous Native American Stories told by: 

Anne Jennison
HearsCrow
Papa Joe Gaudet

Located in our PowWow field

There will also be a Raffle for a strawberry planter with wild strawberries

Nature Discovery Center will have a table for Children's Activities

Food Samples are Indigenous Strawberry Dishes

Herbal talk by Aidan Clowes about strawberries and other summer plants. Weather permitting there will be a walk in the medicine woods.

Costs is $9.00 if you come into the Museum for a tour.  The Educator tours will be at 10am, 12noon, and 2pm.     

Costs to Strawberry Festival is FREE but DONATIONS are greatly accepted so that we may continue the Strawberry Festival next year. 


YOU MUST Stay tuned for more exciting information as we get closer to the date

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Annual Meeting
May
6
1:00 PM13:00

Annual Meeting

Please join us for Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum's Annual Meeting!  We will be honoring our volunteers and thanking our members for their support!  Come and meet our volunteer of the year!   Hear about what happened in 2017 and what we have planned for 2018.

Light refreshment will be served. 

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Opening Day
May
1
10:00 AM10:00

Opening Day

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum re-opens its doors for the 2018 season!     We're open 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday and 12pm-5pm Sunday.  Self guided tours offered daily with Guided Tours Monday-Friday 12-3pm and weekends all day during open hours. Walk through our Medicine Woods free all day, and enjoy your bagged lunch at our Pavillion in the Arboretum area.  For more information call 603-456-2600 or email info@indianmuseum.org

 

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Raised Beadwork Workshop with Rhonda Besaw
Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

Raised Beadwork Workshop with Rhonda Besaw

Rhonda Besaw specializes in traditional and contemporary Wabanaki style beadwork. She is of Canadian Metis and Abenaki descent and lives in the Abenaki homeland of Ndakinna in northern New Hampshire.

Raised beadwork is a technique most often associated with the Iroquois people. Wabanaki people also did this style of beadwork, but to a lesser extent. The number of people who still do this style of beadwork in the Northeast is very small. This is an opportunity to be a part of a beadwork revival, to bring back what was lost. Raised beadwork differs from flat beadwork in that the raised beadwork is done in loops, giving the piece a 3-D effect. This class is suitable for beginners, although not suitable for young children under 10. You will learn how to make a simple raised beadwork flower and materials will be provided. As always, light refreshments will be on hand.

General Tickets: $30
Members: $25

Please call 603-456-2600 to hold your spot for this exciting learning experience! Workshop space is limited to 10 participants!

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Spring Clean Up Day at MKIM
Apr
28
9:30 AM09:30

Spring Clean Up Day at MKIM

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum is looking for volunteers to help out during our annual Spring Clean-Up 2018!

Spring Clean-Up will be held on April 28st at 9:30am-2pm on the museum grounds and will involve both indoor cleaning and outdoor yard work. As always, we will have a pizza picnic for lunch to thank all who help. 

Email us at volunteer@indianmuseum.org if you are interested in helping out; please include your name, phone number, and the amount of time you can give that day. Thank you in advance for taking time to help our Museum!

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Apr
21
9:30 AM09:30

Indoor Spring Clean-Up

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum is looking for volunteers to help out during our annual Spring Clean-Up 2018!

Spring Clean-Up for the museum galleries will be held on April 21st at 9:30am-2pm  will involve indoor cleaning. As always, we will have a pizza picnic for lunch to thank all who help.  Our Annual Outdoor cleaning has been moved to  Saturday April 28, 2018.

Email us at volunteer@indianmuseum.org if you are interested in helping out; please include your name, phone number, and the amount of time you can give that day. Thank you in advance for taking time to help our Museum!

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Fundraiser for MKIM  at the Local
Apr
9
5:00 PM17:00

Fundraiser for MKIM at the Local

Join us at The Local, April 9th, located in our hometown of Warner, NH. The Local is hosting a benefit night for Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum from 5pm-8pm.
A percentage of the food and drink that is sold that evening will be
donated to Mt Kearsarge Indian Museum.

MKIM will also be offering raffles.
Please join us for good food, friends for an evening of fun and laughter!
For more information 603-456-2600 or info@indianmuseum.org

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Annual Maple Sugar Day
Mar
25
10:00 AM10:00

Annual Maple Sugar Day

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum will be providing Native heritage activities for Maple Sugar Day. Join us as we celebrate the maple syrup season!

MKIM will provide complimentary tastings of our Native American style Maple Baked Beans with maple syrup and a sampling of acorn griddle cakes. You will sample the rare treat of "sugar on snow," participate in a live demonstration of how indigenous people make maple sugar and learn how to boil sap in the traditional Native way. 

We will be working on our dugout canoe and there will also be bowl burning demonstrations. If you have never tried snowshoeing, now is the time! MKIM will provide snowshoes, courtesy of Simonds School.

The Museum will be open all day and you will have a chance to visit the museum store. Admission for maple sugaring events is free. Admission to the museum will be $5/person. 

While in town, be sure to check out the other maple sugar activities and events in Warner.

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Dreamcatcher Workshop with Lenny Novak
Mar
24
10:30 AM10:30

Dreamcatcher Workshop with Lenny Novak

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

During one of Abenaki artist Lenny Novak's journeys, he saw his first dreamcatcher made of a grapevine and fishing line. It fascinated him. He began learning all about it and the Ojibwa tribe that was credited with its development. He learned the many stories that went with it and its uses. Then he sought to combine the nature that he loved with the dreamcatcher that caught him in its web of wonder and bring it to a more natural life. Seeking to make a "loop to loop," which is the web most people associate with dreamcatchers, and without instruction, he began to weave how he thought the web was made. Over twenty five years later his now perfected technique has brought his art to the forefront as we consider his dreamcatchers fine contemporary Native art.

Join us for this workshop on Saturday, from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM and you will learn how dreamcatchers are made! You'll try your hand at creating your own dreamcatcher! Workshop includes light refreshments. Please contact us at 603-456-2600 to reserve your spot.

General Tickets: $25
MKIM Members: $20

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Cornhusk Doll Workshop with Anne Jennison
Feb
24
10:30 AM10:30

Cornhusk Doll Workshop with Anne Jennison

THE DOLL WITH NO FACE: A NORTHEAST WOODLANDS TRADITION
Join Storyteller Anne Jennison as she teaches the traditional Northeastern Woodlands Native American craft of cornhusk doll making. Anne will provide all of the necessary supplies and materials for participants to make their own cornhusk doll. This is a very hands-on workshop and very appropriate for children ages 6 and up. It is suggested you bring scissors to the workshop. 

This workshop always fills up quickly and space is limited so please book early! As always, we'll have light refreshments!

General ticket prices: 
Adults: $25
Children: $20
Members: $20
Call us at 603-456-2600 or email education@indianmuseum.org for purchase information!

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 Wampum Bead Bracelet Workshop w/Chris Bullock
Jan
27
10:00 AM10:00

Wampum Bead Bracelet Workshop w/Chris Bullock

Chris Bullock has been collecting and restoring Native American artifacts for over 30 years. He is steeped in Native American culture and has participated in Native Cultural events since childhood. He has been doing craft work for 47 years – his specialty being bead and quill work. He teaches several Native crafts and provides educational programming on eighteenth-century Native culture.

Chris will teach participants how to weave one 3-row reproduction glass wampum bracelet. Participants will be using deerskin lace and reproduction glass tube beads. Chris will also show you how to make a temporary loom from cardboard. All materials will be provided. It is encouraged for all participants to bring their own scissors. 

Tickets for this workshop will be $30 for the general public, visitors and guests and $25 for MKIM members. This fee includes all materials. Light refreshments will be served.

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Dec
2
12:00 PM12:00

Warner Hometown Holiday Festival

Warner Hometown Holiday Festival

Warner Hometown Holiday Schedule of Events

Friday Night, December 1
6pm – 8pm – KCPA Vocal Concert at Warner Town Hall
8pm – Live Music at the Local

Saturday, December 2
10a – 4p – Warner Farmer’s Market Winter Market and Crafts at Warner Town Hall
10a – 4p – Artisans at the Upton Chandler House
10a – 4p – Reading of “Night Before Christmas” in front of the fire at The Mainstreet Gallery
11:30a – KCPA performs “The Gingerbread Man” at Warner Town Hall
11:30a – Gear-Up Children’s Chorus singing holiday carols in The Mainstreet Gallery
12p – Efner Tudor Holmes reading “The Christmas Cat” at The Mainstreet Gallery
12:30p – Carols with NECC on the Terrace at Jim Mitchell Community Park
1p – KCPA Piano Concert at Warner Town Hall
3p – 5p – Santa Claus at Warner Town Hall
5p - Official Tree Lighting and Opening of the Festival of Trees at Warner Town Hall
5p – 7p – Taste of Warner community holiday party with holiday carols at Warner Town Hall sponsored by the Kearsarge Area Chamber of Commerce and local businesses and restaurants.

The Festival of Trees will run at Town Hall from Saturday December 2 through Christmas.

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#GivingTuesday
Nov
28
12:00 AM00:00

#GivingTuesday

Have you considered making a donation or becoming a member of MKIM? Get ready! Giving Tuesday is tomorrow!

#GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness. #GivingTuesday has one common purpose. It kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and encourages end-of-year giving.

It's so easy to give. Just click here and our website will do the rest.https://www.indianmuseum.org/donate/

Thank you!

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Small Business Saturday
Nov
25
12:00 PM12:00

Small Business Saturday

Visit our Dreamcatcher's Museum Store on Saturday, November 25, 2017 for Small Business Saturday® – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. 

Our museum store will feature items on sale and specials. You will be able to sample some delicious Native foods like Lakota popcorn and Tanka trail mix. We'll also provide self-guided tours at a discounted rate.

Please join MKIM and our local Warner organizations in supporting local small business by shopping at a small business on November 25th.

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"The River Cried, "Mni W'Coni" Documentary on Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

"The River Cried, "Mni W'Coni" Documentary on Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Join Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum as we present a dynamc film, "The River Cried, "Mni W'Coni", a deeply personal, and emotionally evocative testimony, touching upon subjects of genocide, beauty, and love; found while serving to protect the water, on the front lines, in Standing Rock, North Dakota, in the Autumn of 2016. 
Jehann El-Bisi, was inspired by her mother, descendant of Lakota, and a tireless activist for water protection, at an early age. She felt spiritually called to revisit those lessons, and commitments, to protect people, and the water, at the cost of one's life if necessary. Art Desmarais, a U.S. Army Veteran, shared the transformational experience with Jehann, by standing with the people, to serve to protect the water, in Standing Rock. The film is an invitation to explore some of the messages given by the Lakota people, as guiding principals, in an age of struggle for sustainability, environmental justice, and decolonization. 
Wopila Tanka! 

This is a free event for all but we do encourage donations to support operations at the museum. Please click you are planning to attend! Light refreshments will be served.

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Dreamcatcher Workshop with Lenny Novak
Nov
12
1:00 PM13:00

Dreamcatcher Workshop with Lenny Novak

3-hour workshop with Abenaki artist Lenny Novak

Back by popular demand!

The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum announces a 3-Hour Dreamcatcher Workshop with Abenaki artist Lenny Novak on Sunday, November 12, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

During one of Lenny Novak's journeys, he saw his first dreamcatcher made of a grapevine and fishing line. It fascinated him. He began learning all about it and the Ojibwa tribe that was credited with its development. He learned the many stories that went with it and its uses. Then he sought to combine the nature that he loved with the dreamcatcher that caught him in its web of wonder and bring it to a more natural life. Seeking to make a "loop to loop," which is the web most people associate with dreamcatchers, and without instruction, he began to weave how he thought the web was made.  Over twenty-five years later his now perfected technique has brought his art to the forefront as we consider his dreamcatchers fine contemporary Native art. “We are very excited to have Lenny Novak back with us,” said Executive Director, Patricia Violette. “He’s steeped in tradition and his art work is legend.”

Join us for this workshop on Sunday, November 12 and you will learn how dreamcatchers are made. You'll try your hand at creating your own dreamcatcher!  Workshop includes light refreshments.  Admission fee will be $20 for Native Americans and Members and $25 for Non-Members. Also included is a complimentary self-guided tour of the museum which will begin at 12:00 Noon.  Please contact Denise at 603-456-2600 to reserve your spot.

Native Americans and Members:  $20

Non-Members:  $25

 

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Annual Public Fundraiser! Appraisal Day!!!
Nov
4
10:00 AM10:00

Annual Public Fundraiser! Appraisal Day!!!

MKIM's Annual Fundraiser!  

The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum will be hosting their Annual Fundraiser with  Antiques Appraisal Events on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4, 2017. 

On Saturday, November 4 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, you can enjoy a Skinner, Inc., Appraisal Day!  This event is designed as an entertaining and educational way for people interested in the history and the value of antiques to come together.  This event also supports MKIM's mission and raises funding for our organization.

Attendees can bring up to three antique items for a verbal appraisal between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 PM.  Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended. Tickets for “Appraisal Day” are $25 per person which includes up to 3 items to be appraised. This admission ticket also includes a complimentary self-guided tour of the museum, the Medicine Woods and the Arboretum.  Please call to pre-register for Saturday’s appraisal by contacting us at 603-456-2600 or emailing us at director@indianmuseum.org.  Light refreshments will be served.    

If you have large or particularly fragile antique items, Skinner recommends that good quality photos be substituted. If you have services of china or silver, please bring one example of each piece in a set accompanied by a list of the total number of pieces instead of the entire set. Items that are not included at this event are: weapons, coins, stamps, and large furniture.

 

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Nov
3
5:00 PM17:00

Antiques Appraisal with Fine Wine and Selection of Hors d'Oeuvres

Our Annual Fundraiser!

 RSVPs STILL BEING ACCEPTED!

The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum will be hosting their Annual Fundraiser with  Antiques Appraisal Events on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4, 2017. 

On Friday, November 3rd, participants will enjoy a Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers event called “What’s It Worth?”  This event is both entertaining and educational for those interested in the history and the value of antiques. You may bring 3 treasures to the museum for evaluation and verbal appraisal!  The evening starts with fine wine and a selection of hors d’oeuvres reception from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Guests will be able to walk through the museum with tour guides and meet with Skinner Native American appraiser and Board Trustee Doug Deihl who will discuss various collections pieces from the museum.  From 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., attendees will gather in the museum’s contemporary art gallery to enjoy a presentation by the appraisers. This program will provide information on the objects that guests have brought to the event along with an estimated value based on current market prices for a similar example.  The Friday event is by invitation only.  Please contact the museum at 603-456-2600 if you would like to be included on our mailing list for this once in a lifetime experience, please give us a call!

If you have large or particularly fragile antique items, Skinner recommends that good quality photos be substituted. If you have services of china or silver, please bring one example of each piece in a set accompanied by a list of the total number of pieces instead of the entire set. Items that are not included at this event are: weapons, coins, stamps, and large furniture.

 

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November is National Native American Heritage Month!
Nov
1
to Nov 30

November is National Native American Heritage Month!

The indigenous peoples of North America -- the First Americans -- have woven rich and diverse threads into the tapestry of our Nation's heritage.  During National Native American Heritage Month, we recognize the many accomplishments, contributions, and sacrifices, and we pay tribute to Native participation in all aspects of American society.

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Oct
28
6:00 PM18:00

Closing Discussion: "Alnobak: Wearing Our Heritage"

The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum announces an exhibit wrap-up discussion on October 28, 2017 from 6PM - 8PM with Vera Longtoe Sheehan's current exhibit on display called, "Alnobak:  Wearing Our Heritage" and will be hosted by MKIM's Chief Curator, Nancy Jo Chabot.

What does it mean to be an Abenaki person in the modern world? What does it mean to be an Indigenous artist? Native identity finds expression in different ways with each generation. Join Guest Curator Vera Longtoe Sheehan and MKIM curator Nancy Jo Chabot and as we explore the continuity of culture in N'dakinna (the Abenaki homeland) through the decolonized lens of Abenaki families. This conversation will draw inspiration from the exhibition Alnobak: Wearing Our Heritage. The exhibit title provides immediate entry into that Native perspective, by starting with the word “Alnobak.” Longtoe Sheehan explains, “In the old days, Aln8ba or Alnôba was said to mean "an Indian person" and the plural of that is Aln8bak or Alnôbak meaning "Indian people." Today we use these terms as a reference to our own people. So the exhibit title Alnobak: Wearing Our Heritage is meant as People: Wearing Our Heritage.” The traveling exhibition emerged from a decade-long collaboration between Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and Vermont’s Abenaki artists, community members, and tribal leaders.

Admission is free.  Light refreshments will be served.  Call for more information.

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Oct
28
9:00 AM09:00

Herb Workshop with Lynn Clowes

 We will be partnering with Educator Lynn Clowes for a special Herb Workshop called, "Herbs & Food Preparation:  Learning, Sharing & Work Circle".  

Please join this dynamic hands-on session of learning about herbs, how to preserve them for medicine, and learning about lactofermentation.  Participants will walk herbal gardens, discuss medicinal and food value of a variety of herbs and plants, help with harvesting and preserving herbs and make a batch of lactofermented vegetables.  

Participants should bring their own work gloves, an empty quart jar, your questions, curiosity and of course, elbow grease! 

Lactofermentation is an ancient way to preserve vegetables.  Many cultures have traditionally used this method, making pickles or sauerkraut.  This microbial process uses beneficial bacteria including Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium spp. and other lactic acid bacteria (probiotics!), which thrive in an anaerobic fermenting environment.  Lactic acid inhibits harmful bacteria. Lactofermentation also increases the vitamin and enzyme levels and the digestibility of the fermented food. 

The workshop will be given at Lynn's home, located at 43 Hartshorn Lane in Warner, NH. Call or email the museum for directions. 

Cost is $25 per person. Pre-register by credit card at 603-456-2600 or checks/cash will be accepted on the day of the event. 

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New Exhibit:  "Alnobak: Wearing Our Heritage"
Sep
23
12:00 PM12:00

New Exhibit: "Alnobak: Wearing Our Heritage"

What does it mean to be an Abenaki person in the modern world? What does it mean to be an Indigenous artist? Native identity finds expression in different ways with each generation. Join Guest Curator Vera Longtoe Sheehan and MKIM curator Nancy Jo Chabot and as we explore the inspiration for Alnobak: Wearing Our Heritage and how this traveling exhibit has emerged from a decade-long collaboration between Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and Vermont’s Abenaki artists, community members and tribal leaders.

Wearing Our Heritage brings before audiences in New England a group of objects and images that document the way in which garments and accessories that reflect Abenaki heritage have been and still are made and used to express Native identity. These objects are made and worn for self-affirmation, to affirm connections with family, clan, band and tribe, and to express identity within the geographical locale co-occupied with mainstream culture. We hope that this exhibition will encourage public engagement and understanding of some of the issues associated with Native identity and recognition, and evolving creative expression by members of a traditional culture.

“Identity is a negotiation between what others expect of you and what you expect of yourself,” says Frederick M. Wiseman, Ph. D., Abenaki scholar and activist, who has spent several decades gathering, interpreting, and reconstructing artwork, artifacts, images and traditions of the Abenaki throughout the Northeast.

This special traveling exhibition developed through a partnership of the Vermont Abenaki Arts Association and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum will be displayed in the contemporary art gallery from September through November. 

Vera Longtoe Sheehan is an Abenaki teaching artist, activist and Director of the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association.  She offers educational programs on Native American culture, traditions and crafts, which are appropriate for audiences of all ages. She has been doing lectures and demonstrations at tribal events, schools, museums and historic sites for almost twenty years.  She is a citizen of the Elnu Abenaki Tribe and member of the Woodland Confederacy, a living history organization.

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Museum Day Live!
Sep
23
10:00 AM10:00

Museum Day Live!

Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. Your ticket can be printed out or shown from your phone.  To sign up, visit: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-live-2017/tickets/ 

 

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NH Permaculture Day
Aug
26
9:00 AM09:00

NH Permaculture Day

We invite you to attend the next NH Permaculture Day which will be held at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner NH, against the backdrop of Mt. Kearsarge and the Mink Hills.  Explore Permaculture topics through workshops and demonstrations, enjoy the community and great food, while supporting the museum and the greater Native American community in NH.  Proceeds will benefit the museum as well as local permaculture education programs.  

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"Identity and Historical Trauma" Lecture
Aug
23
6:30 PM18:30

"Identity and Historical Trauma" Lecture

Identity is fundamental for everyone's emotional survival.  In recent years work has been done to understand historical trauma as suffered by genocide survivors and their children (as evidenced by Holocaust survivors).  Coming to understand how this has marked generations of Native Americans and how we present the guilt and shame that it generates is important to understanding ourselves.

Lynn Murphy is Vermont Abenaki, wife, mother, grandmother, and middle-school science teacher. She grew up in a multi-generational household, and her grandmother lived with her family for many years. Lynn's grandmother taught her bead work when Lynn was young.  Lynn has spent years rediscovering the crafts of her people.  Featured in her current exhibit are ash split and sweetgrass baskets made by Lynn’s great-grandmother, Mary Watso Sadoques.  Lynn reclaimed this art by learning to be a traditional basket maker apprenticing with master basket maker, Sophie Nollette.

“Persistence of Identity” focuses on cultural identification. “Persistence of Identity” is the journey of Lynn’s deeper understanding of her culture as seen through the lens of her family memories and her own explorations. “Persistence of Identity” defines each and every one of us through our own stories.

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