Words and Abenaki history in discussion

BRATTLEBORO — Peoples, Places, and the History of Words in Brattleboro, Vermont (Brattleboro Words Project) is the second Roundtable Discussion, taking place on March 8, at 118 Elliot, from 6 to 7 p.m. This month, leadership team members Rich Holschuh (Vermont Commission for Native American Affairs) and Joe Rivers (Brattleboro Historical Society) will give a presentation and lead a discussion exploring indigenous Abenaki sites, experience, and use of their 12,000 year-old Algonquian dialect in the context of first contact with Europeans in the Brattleboro area, which they call Wantastegok. Roundtable participants are invited to share their knowledge of Wantastegok, Abenaki history, and Algonquian language and enjoy native-inspired refreshments during this free program.

The Brattleboro Words Project is a multi-year community research initiative backed by a National Endowment for the Humanities matching grant that works with schools and community members to produce walking, biking, and driving tours of the Brattleboro area. The public is invited to share stories and thoughts with our research teams and scholars, and contribute to this unique community-wide effort. Visit brattleborowordsproject.org on Facebook for more information.


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