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Abenaki identity is founded upon a unique and special heritage, which itself is embodied in our language, our history, and our traditional knowledge.
The Nulhegan Cultural and Historic Preservation Department’s primary purpose is to ensure the protection, preservation and promotion of traditional teachings, cultural awareness, and historical accuracy of the Abenaki people. The Department and Tribal Council work to address the cultural needs of the Abenaki people in the areas of, but not limited to:
History - research, document, and present Abenaki history that depicts an accurate picture of the past and present.
Language - revitalize, sustain, and encourage the use of the Abenaki language by providing ongoing educational opportunities through classes and using new technology.
Outreach - provide accurate Abenaki history, from a combination of primary source material and knowledgeable Elders, through educational resource development to classrooms, schools, and other interested organizations.
The Goal of the Cultural and Historic Preservation Department is to revitalize, promote, sustain and document the culture, language, and history in a manner that honors the past generations, ensures a healthy and balanced tribal community, utilizes the advice and knowledge of the elders, and educates the general public in a manner that serves tribal interests.
We do this by:
Pottery sherds found at an archaeology dig site being measured and cataloged.
Brian Chenevert – Tribal Historian/Director
Dan Shears – Material Culture Advisor
Emily Hackett-Fiske - Tribal Genealogist
Sherry Gould – Special Project Genealogist
Jesse Bruchac – Language Specialist/Instructor
Nathan Chenevert – Assistant to the Director
The department is directed by the Tribal Historian (Department Director) who shall advise the Chief of the Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe, the Nulhegan Tribal Council, the Divisions, Departments, Programs, Agencies, Authorities, Enterprises and any other instrumentalities of the Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe; the federal, state and local governments, private organizations and individuals on matters pertaining to cultural and historic preservation to achieve its goals.
Though our history is much older, this timeline takes you through some interesting information starting in the 1700s.
The following button links to a resource page for the Western Abenaki language.
Games, toys, and recreation of Abenaki and other Northeast tribes.
Grounded Leadership: Chief Don Stevens
Abenaki Ways of Knowing Water - as told by Chief Don Stevens
A detailed story - this is one of the many Abenaki stories that we hope to pass on to the next 7 Generations. Please share with your family. This story is told by Chief Don Stevens
WABANAAGIG, Land of the Rising Sun goes beyond words to encapsulate the strong emotions of the Wabanaki, a people who have emerged from centuries of oppression, occupation of their lands, and obliteration of their languages.
Watch an Abenaki Culture TV Show featuring Chief Don Stevens and Abenaki educator, Melody Walker.
If you have any questions or need to contact someone in the Preservation Department, please send us an email. Everyone in the department will receive the email; you can ask for someone specific to answer, if you need to do so.
Typically made from ash, Abenaki baskets are beautiful as well as functional.
Common Name (Scientific Name) – Abenaki Name: Use for plantDownload PDF
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and add to the legacy we are leaving for the Next Seven Generations. Your generous donation will fund our mission.
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