At the Fleming Museum, I am pleased to be reminded that Americana-things associated with the culture and history of America-can by re-defined in the 21st century, taking the form of a spherically sculpted red barn, an Abenaki
covered basket made from sweetgrass, pop artist Andy Warhol's take on a cow, and a Vermont painter interested in how we process the visual world.
His decisions appear straightforward in comparison to the complex existence of Blue Sam, who is readers' primary source of information on the Abenaki
culture in this book.
The Rangers journeyed from Lake George in upstate New York to the Abenaki
village of Saint Francis deep in Quebec.
They invited me to join them, and when I did I saw that Alanis Obomsawin, a First Nations Abenaki
documentary filmmaker, was there to document this crisis through her own eyes for the National Film Board of Canada.
Joseph Bruchac, a children's author best known for historical fiction novels such as Hidden Roots, The Winter People and the recent March Toward Thunder, provides an outlet for the conflicting, alluring emotions of adolescents in his novels The Dark Pond (2004) and Whisper in the Dark (2005), novels that wed frightening situations within the novels with the terrifying angst of adolescence.
Some poets choose to be Native poets, some choose to be Creek, Navajo, Acoma, Abenaki
This student-led class included a practical component that gave students enrolled in the course the opportunity to get directly involved in two local environmental justice battles: one to eliminate lead poisoning and the other to work with the local Abenaki
community on water quality issues.
I spoke with the anthology's editor, Joe Bruchac, a mixed-blood Abenaki
, who'd selected the story.
Take the local Abenaki
Indian tribe, who oppose development of a mall; an elderly eugenics expert; and a genetic diagnostician whose daughter sees ghosts--and past and present, love and loss, collide.
Molly embraces her grandmother's traditions as part of the Abenaki
, against whom there is discrimination.
So the entry for "Abenaki
" is not first; a reader must look under the subtitle "Native Americans of the Northeast Woodlands" to find it.
, Assiniboine, Ojibwa, Blackfoot, or Metis history in the North (or Apache and Yaqui history in the South) requires historians to widen their focus, attempt to write histories that transcend national boundaries, and consider how Native peoples understood, used, and sometimes ignored those boundaries.