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Nulheganaki 2011 Celebration! August 27-28

August 17, 2011

What:  Nulheganaki 2011 Celebration
When:  August 27-28, 2011
Where:  Whiting Lane, Brownington, VT 05860

Nulheganaki 2011 is just around the corner!  Redefining “powwow”, Nulheganaki 2011 builds upon the celebratory, teaching, sharing, and social aspects of the powwow while shedding the monetary and carnival aspects that have come to define today’s powwows.

Unlike typical powwows which depend upon site-see’ers, tourists, and cotton candy to “turn a profit”, you will find no typical “China made” powwow vendors at Nulheganaki 2011.  In fact, you will find no vendors at all… only Abenaki artisans and presenters.  The main focus of Nulheganaki 2011 is the celebration of Abenaki culture and the historic and contemporary value of the Wabanaki and Seven Nations alliances.


Nulhegan lead drummer, Luke Willard

It’s not a “powwow”… It’s a CELEBRATION!! ALL members, friends, and friends of friends… ALL of Native America who values the customs, traditions, and alliances of the Abenaki people are invited to come celebrate. Rather than a powwow focused on money and entertaining the “dominant culture”, from this day forward, we will CELEBRATE our culture and our sovereignty OUR WAY.

Nulhegan Basketmaker, Sherry Gould

ABENAKI ARTISANS and PRESENTERS are welcome and encouraged to present, teach, and market your talent. Presenting artisans will not be charged a fee. Please label your products appropriately… there will be checks.

DRUM GROUPS and DANCERS! Come light up our circle with your music and your moves.

CAMPERS! Bring your tent, RV, camper, dome or conical lodge. Bring the food necessities that you will require for the weekend. There will be no food vendors. No power or other utilities will be provided. Port-a-toilets will be onsite. Unless you bring the proverbial kitchen sink… EVERYONE CAMPS FOR FREE.  Donations are appreciated to maintain the event.  Private donations can also be made to AHA, Inc. to benefit the Seventh Harvest Abenaki Relief Project and mailed to AHA, Inc, 158 Whiting Lane, Brownington, VT 05860.  You can learn more about Seventh Harvest at

NO PETS unless leashed 24/7. NO EXCEPTIONS. Owners are responsible for cleanup.

Tribal security will be onsite.

Nulhegan Drum and Singers

Nulhegan Singers


Drumming from the Nulhegan Singers; Dancing; Various presentations on culture, craftsmanship, etc.

Nulhegan Chief Don Stevens

Nulhegan Chief, Don Stevens & his mother

Nulhegan Chief, Don Stevens, will present welcoming and honoring ceremonies, wampum history & craftsmanship, etc.

Nulheganaki 2011 Celebration Blog

Fred Wiseman

Professor Fred Wiseman will present Wampum readings and instruction; A history of Abenaki alliances; A discussion on State Recognition and what it means for you; And a teaching of the Sun & Moon Dance and Green Corn Dance.

Nulheganaki 2011 Celebration Blog

Elnu Chief, Roger Longtoe

Chief Roger Longtoe and other Elnu Abenakis will be here to exhibit and discuss living history and more.

Face painting for the kids and the big kids too.

Saturday Potluck Feast for campers and presenters. We eat well at Nulhegan. There will also be a potluck Sunday breakfast for campers and presenters.

This will be a relaxed weekend of celebration… the old way.

History frequently mentions “sightings” of Abenaki encampments at various sites within our territory. August 27th & 28th will be another… History will reflect that there was a large encampment of celebrating Abenakis three miles north of Willoughby Lake during the harvest season of 2011.

Campers – Don’t be afraid to bring your acoustic instruments (if you play) for some evening campfire music if the weather permits.

For more information, email or call (802) 754-2216.

DISCLAIMER: The Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe, AHA Inc, and property owners are not responsible in any way for any loss or injury to self or personal property/automobiles suffered by any guest, participant, or pet.

I-91 North… take Exit 26 (Orleans).  At the end of the exit ramp, take a left onto Route 58 East.  Go about 7 miles on 58 East.  It will take you through the Village of Orleans and out through Evansville.  When you come to the end, take left onto Route 5A North.  Go 3 miles and you’ll see us on the right (Whiting Lane).

*All images and blogger commentary owned exclusively by Luke Willard (c) 2011 

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