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    CCV Presents - Abenaki Speaker Series

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    For spring semester 2021, CCV will be hosting an Abenaki speaker series on Zoom as part of our ongoing efforts to honor the Abenaki people, the original stewards of the land on which all CCV academic centers reside. It is through relationship, recognition, and education that we can best come to know and support one another. We are fortunate to have three accomplished presenters as our guide to illuminate the story of the Abenaki people and Vermont’s Native American heritage. All sessions will be over Zoom. Each presentation will last for 35-40 minutes followed by a 20-25 minute question and answer period.

    Jesse Bowman Bruchac
    Topics: Abenaki Creation Story, Language, and Culture
    Thursday, February 18, 5-6pm

    Jesse Bowman Bruchac is a member of the Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe. He is a traditional storyteller, musician, and Abenaki language instructor. He works as co-director of his family-run education center Ndakinna, where he teaches Native American Life Ways, Martial Arts, and the Abenaki language. He has lectured at Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth, and Princeton,and is also the Director of the School of Abenaki, which is part of Middlebury Language Schools.

    Chief Don Stevens
    Topics: History of Abenaki in Vermont, Sovereignty, and Recognition
    Thursday, March 18, 5-6pm

    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 led
    the fight to obtain legal recognition for the Abenaki People in Vermont. He was able to acquire tribal land for the Nulhegan Tribe which had been absent for over 200 years.

    Melody Walker Brook
    Topics: Indigenous Ways of Knowing, Healing, and the Path Forward
    Thursday, April 15, 5-6pm

    Melody Walker Brook is an Abenaki educator, activist, and artist. She is a citizen of the Elnu Abenaki Band and has previously served as the vice chair and chair of the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs. She received her master’s degree in history from the University of Vermont and has been an adjunct professor at both Champlain College and Johnson State College. Within her community, Melody has focused on cultural revitalization and concepts of personhood.


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