Lucy Neel is the Nulhegan Education Coordinator for the Nulhegan Band of the Abenaki Tribe. Ms. Neel is also a board member of the AHA, Inc. (Abenaki Helping Abenaki). She travels to several parts of Vermont teaching about Abenaki heritage in schools and coordinating with after-school programs. With the benefit of a Title 4 grant we were able to ask Miss Lucy to lead a workshop for our grades program.
Miss Lucy brought a 4 day workshop to the grades program over three days. She began with telling the history of the Abenaki Tribe and their many Bands. Starting with the Vermont Abenaki History pre-contact, when the Europeans arrived, lifestyle changes, and Abenaki citizens in Vermont today. To help tell the story she had three baskets full of Abenaki crafts and art to pass around to each student.
The final day was spent outside. Miss Lucy brought her drum to share with the students. Students sat under a pavilion spaced around the drum, each with a drum stick as Miss Lucy led them in traditional Abenaki drumming, every student having a turn. Our new Facilities person Tom Beck of the Nulhegan Band joined the 5-8 and ¾ classes in drumming. She then had them circle out in the grass to learn a dance and the Honor Water Song. Even though it was raining a little and a bit cold everyone sang, danced and the drumming could be heard throughout the school.
Miss Lucy wanted so much to spend time with the kindergarten students that she offered to donate one morning with them. She brought her drum, dance and song to the Apple Tree and Farm & Forest students and then to The Child’s Garden. Miss Lucy told me every day she was here that our students are incredible. So creative and so smart. She loves our school. She truly appreciated the Thank You cards from the ½ class and can not wait to come back for another visit next year.
To learn more about Miss Lucy and the Abenaki Tribe go to Abenakitribe.com.
Title VII (20 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.) is amended to read as follows:
It is the policy of the United States to fulfill the Federal Government's unique and continuing trust relationship with and responsibility to the Indian people for the education of Indian children. The Federal Government will continue to work with local educational agencies, Indian tribes and organizations, postsecondary institutions, and other entities toward the goal of ensuring that programs that serve Indian children are of the highest quality and provide for not only the basic elementary and secondary educational needs, but also the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of these children.
(a) PURPOSE- It is the purpose of this part to support the efforts of local educational agencies, Indian tribes and organizations, postsecondary institutions, and other entities to meet the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students, so that such students can meet the same challenging State student academic achievement standards as all other students are expected to meet. (b) PROGRAMS- This part carries out the purpose described in subsection (a) by authorizing programs of direct assistance for — (1) meeting the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives; (2) the education of Indian children and adults; (3) the training of Indian persons as educators and counselors, and in other professions serving Indian people; and (4) research, evaluation, data collection, and technical assistance.
For more information about the After School Programs, please send an email to: email@example.com
Miss Lucy Cannon-Neel is the coordinator for Nulhegan covering North Country Supervisory Union, and Orleans Central Supervisory Union.
If you need information about setting up an after school program, please email Miss Lucy at firstname.lastname@example.org
These programs are put on in the Spring and in the Fall. Click here for more information.
Children are taught about our traditions - past and present.
Every child has the opportunity to sit at the drum and learn a native song.
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