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Honoring Native Ways
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Friday, 30 July 2010
Honoring Native Ways
Island Arts
July 30, 2010

Island Arts of Grand Isle County will sponsor a free family event, "Honoring Native Ways," at St. Anne's Shrine in Isle La Motte, on Sunday, August 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. 

Guest are encouraged to bring a picnic and stay as long as they wish for activities will continue throughout the day.  

Those with Native American heritage will gather to share their customs and beliefs, their crafts and music with informative lectures and demonstrations. 

Visitors can receive a shaman blessing and participate in song and dance and become more knowledgeable about those who walked the land well before Samuel de Champlain's first visit in 1609.

Among those participating with Native American heritage will be:

- George Larrabee (Peskunck), of Woodberry, who will give the opening and closing blessings and help interested visitors better understand the Abanaki language.

- George Lavigne (Three Bears), from Greenville, Maine,  will be taking care of the fire pit started with ashes from a previous fire.  At the end of the day, ashes from the fire pit will be kept to commence another ceremonial gathering.  

- Ralph Swett, (Chief Lone Cloud), from Orleans, will tell stories and answer questions, circle talk,  around the fire pit.   

- Lisa Foss Tardiff (Wapeyit), educated at McGill University, will share her extensive knowledge of the Medicine Wheel.

- Jeanne A. Brink, of Barre,  basket maker and historian,  will discuss the eugenics movement of the 1930's to sterilize those considered "as placing demands on public services;"

- Bobbie Noyes, an Abenaki woman from Canaan, will teach drumming, how to make dream catchers, and share her recipes for healing teas;

- Jeffersonville's Melody Walker-York demonstrates the art of finger weaving; and Takara Matthews, of Richmond, will perform traditional Native American dances.
A large variety of arts and crafts will be on display and for sale by such prominent artists as Jack Sabon (Athabaskan) of Stowe; wood carver Richard Menard, of Highgate; Native crafts by Kathy Craig of Isle La Motte,  Richard Philips (Black Horse) from Plattsburgh, and Robert and Jeanne Sulesky of Rochester, NH;  jewelry from the Akwesesne, NY studio of Hilde Barnes; and Evelyn Maiskell, of Ninantic, CT, with have tribal shirts and other clothing available.  

More presenters and artists are being added daily.

This is a unique opportunity to meet and get acquainted with Native Americans in a beautiful setting on the shores of Lake Champlain.  For updates visit http://www.islandarts.org/ or call (510) 816-4637.

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