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.