Where We Are is Who We Are
You can find our location on the map at the bottom of the page.
Distant Hill Gardens has graciously welcomed us onto their land that straddles the towns of Walpole and Alstead, where LNCS will continue to learn and teach about our human and ecological relationships in place.
Welcome to Distant Hill Gardens Nature Trail
LNCS understands that we occupy these lands as guests not only to Distant Hill Gardens, but to the Abenaki community, People of the Dawnland. We honor and respect the Elders and community members of the Abenaki and greater Wabanaki Confederacy that continue to survive the generational legacies of violent land dispossession, genocide and ethnocide in the northeast where LNCS makes our home. We bear witness to this as it continues into the present: as recently as 2011, Keene Middle School proceeded to build on top of an ancient Abenaki heritage site, one of the oldest known in the northeast. As descendants and beneficiaries of those who wrongfully participated in such poor community engagement that still continues today, we wish to begin and maintain dialogue appropriate for repair.
If you are interested in learning more about the territories, languages, and treaties of traditional indigenous lands, check out this awesome project at https://native-land.ca/
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Balance is important, so let's cherish joy as much as we attend grief. There are many great opportunities in the region to support and engage with Abenaki and Wabanaki communities that celebrate their unique heritage! Here are some below.
Ndakinna Education Center
Ndakinna Center offers people of all ages unique hands-on learning experiences, principles of indigenous arts of life, team building, character development, and exhibit spaces focusing on regional Adirondack culture, wilderness skills and awareness of the natural world.
Atowi Community Initiative
Atowi / AH too wee / Western Abenaki: together, in space and time; Atowi is an Elnu Abenaki community initiative to affirm Native relationships to the land and its inhabitants, raise indigenous voices, and foster inclusion with understanding, in place.
Abenaki Trails Project
Dealing with the cultural challenges of today requires problem-solvers who bring different perspectives and are willing to listen, learn, and take risks. The Abenaki Trails Project emerged our of a pursuit to inspire and support the community towards these goals, and a desire for actions to speak louder than words. Established in August 2020, we are driven by deep commitment, bold actions, and a strong foundation of support. Contact us to learn more and get involved.
A companion site to the book Dawnland Voices: Indigenous Writings from New England, both the print and the website showcase the wide variety of literature produced by Native people from this region. The site has two components: Dawnland Voices 2.0, a literary magazine showcasing established and emerging indigenous talent from New England; and Indigenous New England Digital Collections, tribal archives and individual authors digitize contributing items from their own collections.
Vermont Abenaki Artists Association
The Vermont Abenaki Artists Association embodies the history, culture, and art of the Abenaki people. Promoting regional Indigenous arts, artists, culture, and to provide an organized central place to share creative ideas and professional development. Vermont Abenaki Artists Association accomplishes this by creating engaging cultural events, educational programs, exhibitions, and curriculum materials.
Find them here too:
Facebook: Vermont Abenaki Artists Association
Abenaki Arts & Education Center
Abenaki Arts and Education Center was created as a central place to connect students and teachers with Abenaki history and cultural resources that have been vetted by Abenaki scholars, educators, and culture bearers. It will help you find appropriate information for your research papers or lesson plans. The website also contains several exhibits about Abenaki culture.
Abenaki Arts and Education Center's mission is to share Abenaki educational resources with classrooms across N'Dakinna (our homeland). We do this by making Abenaki curriculum materials and resources available so Abenaki history and living culture can be taught throughout our homeland. Our vision is that Abenaki culture will be integrated into the curriculum across all content areas.
Here are a few more resources to check out: