On this day of camp we will learn about the original inhabitants of Vermont, the Abenaki. We'll explore Abenaki culture through books, art, stories and making our own art. Special guest teacher Judy Dow will join us in the afternoon to share about her culture and teach us how to play a traditional game with corn husks.
When kids arrive, they will have their temperature taken with a touchless thermometer and sanitize their hands. Students and teachers will wear masks and practice physical distancing. Table surfaces, door knobs, faucet handles, light switches, chairs, and other frequently touched items will be disinfected daily after camp.
About Judy Dow:
I am an Abenaki educator. I teach science, history and math through art. Currently I've been working with Gedakina and the University of New Hampshire through a National Science Foundation grant documenting sustainable land use practices with Indigenous youth in New England. This documentation has allowed us to create some of the most amazing maps and art projects. I also continue to teach basketry and beading. These skills often get lost in today’s fast pace world where it is easier to just buy a kit. Understanding the land helps to learn the basketry process. Using basket making to teach both science and math is such a great hands-on way to learn. My work has been on exhibit throughout the US and Canada including displays at the National Museum of the American Indians in Washington DC, Mc Cord Museum and Botanical Garden in Montreal, the University of Vermont and New Hampshire, some of my baskets were part of a three year tour with Honor the Earth Impacted Nations visiting, NYC, Minneapolis, Santa Fe, Portland, Chicago and more.
Children must bring and wear a mask. Please bring your child in clothes that can get messy, or bring a smock from home. Pack a full change of clothes, seasonal weather appropriate clothes and gear. We do spend time outside and we want the kids to be comfortable. Please pack a large lunch with additional snacks and a large water bottle or other drink. Drop off and pick is done one family at a time, so if someone is already in the space dropping off please wait outside or in your car. Adults also must wear masks inside our space.