Community College of Vermont hosts a free virtual Abenaki speaker series this spring, part of an ongoing effort to honor the Abenaki people, who originally stewarded the land on which the college’s 12 academic centers are located.

“We are pleased to have three accomplished members of Vermont’s Abenaki community joining us this spring,” said CCV President Joyce Judy. “Our hope is that these conversations will help to illuminate stories that have been overshadowed and open the door to constructive dialogue in our local communities.”

The programs are as follows:

• Jesse Bowman Bruchac, “Abenaki Creation Story, Language, and Culture,” Thursday, Feb. 18, 5-6 p.m. Bruchac is a member of the Nulhegan Abenaki tribe. He is a traditional storyteller, musician and Abenaki language instructor. He works as co-director of his family run education center Ndakinna, where he teaches Native American life ways, martial arts, and the Abenaki language.

• Don Stevens, “History of Abenaki in Vermont, Sovereignty and Recognition,” Thursday, March 18, 5-6 p.m. Stevens, chief of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk, Abenaki Nation, is an award-winning leader, businessman, writer and lecturer. He led the fight to obtain legal recognition for the Abenaki People in Vermont.

• Melody Walker Brook, “Indigenous Ways of Knowing, Healing and the Path Forward,” Thursday, April 15, 5-6 p.m. Walker Brook is an Abenaki educator, activist and artist. She is a citizen of the Elnu Abenaki Band and has been an adjunct professor at both Champlain College and Johnson State College where she taught Native American history, culture and spirituality.

All events will be held on Zoom. For more information and to register, visit ccv.edu/speakerseries.

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