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ECHO VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT- KATE MEYER

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Contact: Grace Per Lee
802-864-1848 ext. 131
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Discover Our Native Neighbors

ECHO to Launch “INDIGENOUS EXPRESSIONS” February 14, 2009

BURLINGTON, Vt. — For over 11,000 years, people have inhabited the area connecting Vermont, upstate New York, and Québec, Canada — from the Paleoindians of our last Ice Age to the Abenaki and Mohawk of today. Starting February 14, as part of the region’s year-long celebration of the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is presenting a facility-wide experience exploring their culture and history: “INDIGENOUS EXPRESSIONS: Native Peoples of the Lake Champlain Basin” — declared a “Top 10 Winter Event” by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

Through hands-on exhibits, live species, a Contemporary Portrait Gallery, speaker’s series, film screenings, and artifacts, ECHO hopes to shed more light on indigenous stories that have too often been just a side-note in history, and to illustrate how their connections and adaptations to the land allow our Native neighbors to survive and thrive in the Lake Champlain Basin. In partnership with Smithsonian Institution Archaeologist and Anthropologist Stephen Loring and Abenaki Historian Frederick Wiseman, ECHO examines the multifaceted human-landscape connections that go back thousands of years, and are still viable today.

Says Executive Director Phelan Fretz, “Present-day historians are just beginning to understand these complex materials-based cultures from thousands of years ago. We don’t presume to tell the whole story, but we do intend to reveal new scientific information that will foster a spirited conversation.”

“INDIGENOUS EXPRESSIONS” will be eclectically integrated throughout ECHO’s entire facility: from touchable artifacts to live freshwater American eels to a photo collection by acclaimed photographer Ned Castle — the exhibit offers elements for every age and interest, and aims to present a Native perspective not often taken; a journey of discovery.

In addition to “INDIGENOUS EXPRESSIONS” exhibits and resonant educational and public programming, ECHO will host various screenings of “Before the Lake was Champlain,” by Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Ted Timreck, which explores the sophisticated maritime travels of Native peoples long ago. For more information call
1-877-324-6386, or visit echovermont.org.

This exhibit made possible by a grant from the US Department of Education through the support of Patrick Leahy, KeyBank, and the ECHO Annual Fund.

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is located at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on Vermont’s Burlington Waterfront. ECHO features 70 live species, over 100 interactive experiences, seasonal changing exhibits and events — all exploring the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. The 2.2 acre Leahy Center environmental campus is also highlighted by the Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room, UVM’s Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, Lake Champlain Navy Memorial, ECHO’s Eclectic Gift Shop, and green-themed Think! Café. Open year-round, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day. Admission is $7-$9.50; children under 3 and K-12 classroom teachers with credential ID are free. For more information visit echovermont.org, call 1-877-ECHOFUN, or write to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, One College Street, Burlington, VT 05401.

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