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Every day is an adventure at ECHO! ECHO Encounters, our brand of daily hands-on activities, changes regularly with new exhibit installations, new, dynamic volunteers willing to share their expertise, and outside partners adding their talents and knowledge to program events.

HarvestFest

Saturday, November 23, 2013 through Sunday, December 1, 2013
From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

This is a nine-day festival which celebrates the harvest with events, films and presentations that focus on the "three sisters" of food: corn, beans and squash. Sugarsnap will feature a special dish on their menu during this time.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Help the local Vermont FOODBANK stock its shelves during this time of plenty by bringing a non-perishable food item to ECHO. When you do you get a $2 discount on your admission that day. Limited one discount per person per day.

HERE'S THE NINE-DAY LINE-UP starting November 23 and ending December 1!

SATURDAY, November 23
10:30 Live Animal Demonstration
11:30 Indigenous Film Short
12:30 Indigenous Cuisine discussion with Abbey Duke from Sugarsnap, plus Phil Brett from the Intervale who has been been exploring and testing out seeds from the aboriginal crops such as corn, squash, beans. A sample dish will be presented (for our audience to sample) and conversation will cover local crops and wild-collected spices or condiments that would have been available to Indigenous peoples and early settlers.
2:00 "Seeds of Renewal", Fred Wiseman, Harvest Project, guest lecture. Join Prof. Fred Wiseman as he shares the results of the first year's successful program of Indigenous Agricultural Renewal. The talk will be illustrated with slides, video and examples of the crops and the artifacts used to nurture them. *See bio below.
3:30 – 5:00 Indigenous Film Shorts

SUNDAY, November 24 through WEDNESDAY, November 27
10:30 Live Animal Demonstration
11:30 Indigenous Film Short: Ash to Baskets
12:30 Indigenous Film Short: Circle of Courage
2:00 Indigenous Film Short: Melody of Language
3:00 Live Animal Demonstration
4:00 Indigenous Film Short: Walking in Two Worlds

THURSDAY, November 28 – Thanksgiving, Closed

FRIDAY, November 29
10:30 Live Animal Demonstration
11:30 The House That Raven Built, Story time with Melody Brook, Abenaki Lecturer**
12:30 Finger Weaving, Skill Building with Melody Brook
2:00 Indigenous Film Short: Melody of Language
3:00 Live Animal Demo
4:00 Indigenous Film Short: Walking in Two Worlds

SATURDAY, November 30 through SUNDAY, December 1
10:30 Live Animal Demonstration
11:30 Creation Story of the Lake and other stories with Chief Don Stevens of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk - Abenaki Nation
12:30 Drumming and singing with Chief Don Stevens of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk - Abenaki Nation. In addition, Chief Don Stevens will explain the Green Corn Dance Ceremony, as well as tell the green corn story and answer questions from the audience.
2:00 Indigenous Film Short: Melody of Language
3:00 Live Animal Demonstration
4:00 Indigenous Film Short: Walking in Two Worlds

SHARE RECIPES AND WIN! Bring your favorite family holiday recipe and/or a recipe using beans, corn and squash (the 3 sisters). Include your contact information and be entered to win two free day-passes to ECHO, a $25 value! Recipes will be shared on the Lakeside Hall wall at ECHO.

*Professor Wiseman was trained as an archaeologist and ethnobotanist at the University of Arizona . Today he is specializing in the culture, history and ecology of the indigenous people of Vermont and its environs. One of his most important projects involves reintroducing traditional Abenaki agriculture, including crops, cropping systems and agricultural song, dance and ceremony. Professor Wiseman lives in the house his grandfather built and pursues research, writing and working with the four state-recognized tribes.


**Melody Walker Brook is an educator, activist and artist. She got her master's degree in History from the University of Vermont in May 2011. She is an adjunct professor at Johnson State College, where she teaches, "Native American Worldview and Spirituality," "Native American History and Culture," and "Abenakis and Their Neighbors." She also gives lectures about Abenaki history, women’s’ issues and is authorized to present on the Against the Darkness System. She is heavily involved in the cultural revitalization movement. She works with museums, lectures in both the K-12 and collegiate level classroom on topics relating to the Eastern Woodlands and indigenous history. Melody is a traditional finger weaver, photographer, beadworker, and interprets wampum belts.




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