Throughout the weekend there were educational activities as well as singing, drumming, and dancing. A fun time was held by all who attended. Folks got to finally meet other citizens of the tribe and many were happy to reacquaint with old friends and do lots of reminiscing!
On Saturday, traditional games were enjoyed by adults and children. All were welcomed to join in! Members of the tribe, as well as other natives were vending their traditional and contemporary art throughout the weekend. There was lots of good food, thanks to Nichole St. Onge, Lisa Plourde, and Linda Savoca.
So many others helped to make this Gathering happen. For the logistics, we'd like to especially thank Dan Coutu, Miss Lucy-Cannon Neel, Kerry Wood, Laura Lapierre, Jon Bosley, and Paul Plourde. Our History Department made a great showing thanks to Brian Chenevert and Dan Shears.
For those who camped overnight, a great time was held around the campfire. Thanks, Dan Coutu, for your great storytelling.
The main focus of the celebration was Abenaki culture as well as our history. This is never a traditional “powwow”… it is a CELEBRATION!! of members, friends, and friends of friends… ALL who value the customs, traditions, and alliances of the Abenaki people are always welcome to come celebrate with us.
There was a traditional dance circle set up and a sacred fire was lit on Saturday morning and kept burning throughout the night. Thank you to our Fire Keeper. This was a celebration of not only those who are here, but for our ancestors.
As soon as we have a date for our next Gathering, information will be posted here.
As in the past, there will be shelters with electricity as well as a bunkhouse available for accommodations. Also, please note that food will be provided, with monetary donations requested at the event. If you have dietary restrictions or to reserve a camping spot, please contact MissLucyN@gmail.com.
Please note that this is always an alcohol and drug-free event. The event will be held rain or shine due to the availability of an indoor facility.
The Annual Abenaki Heritage Gathering is normally held on on the last Saturday and Sunday of August from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mount Norris Scout Reservation, 1 Boy Scout Camp Road, Eden Mills, Vermont 05652, which is off of Route 100, just north of Johnson.
Group of family and friends at the Gathering.
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