Working with chiefs and members of the Nulhegan, Missisquoi, and Elnu Bands of the Abenaki Nation, and Peregrine Productions, LLC, Lake Champlain Sea Grant and UVM Extension, co-created a short film, Nebi: Abenaki Ways of Knowing Water. This film was created in an effort to share cultural history and knowledge with public and school audiences who participate in our watershed programs. The film sought to meet mutual goals of providing funding to Abenaki people to preserve their creation stories for generations to come. During this session, we will view the short film (10 mins) and hear from Chief Don Stevens.
Chief Don Stevens of the Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe is well-known throughout the Lake Champlain basin and receives frequent invitations to participate at events where he shares his inspiring Abenaki stories and knowledge with school children and other groups. For many years, he has demonstrated Abenaki traditions and told campfire stories at festivals and family programs at Shelburne Farms. Through a partnership with Lake Champlain Sea Grant and Shelburne Farms, Chief Stevens and other educators will convey their Indigenous knowledge and cultural history of the basin with learning activities and events at Shelburne Farms and at area K-12 schools, colleges, nonprofit organizations, and other public venues. Chief Stevens will collaborate with other Indigenous educators to provide learning opportunities including the development of videos, books, and teaching materials and lessons to share Abenaki cultural history.
Ashley Eaton (she/her) joined Lake Champlain Sea Grant and UVM Extension team in November 2015. As the Watershed and Lake Education Coordinator she oversees the Watershed Alliance program K–12 education program which has a UVM and a SUNY Plattsburgh location, coordinates watershed science professional development opportunities for K–12 teachers, and oversees an undergraduate Watershed Education internship program. She has a BS in Education and Environmental Science and a MS in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont and her doctorate through the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.
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