Vera Longtoe Sheehan (Elnu Abenaki) is an artist, educator, culture keeper and activist who has exhibited, lectured, and taught at museums and cultural institutions throughout the world, including at the Institute for American Indian Studies. She is the Director of the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association, founder of the Abenaki Arts and Education Center, and member of the Coalition of Ethnic Studies and Equity in Schools. As an artist, Vera preserves the tradition of her ancestors by making twined, plant-fiber creations, including distinctive twined bags, baskets and textiles. As a featured artist in our Virtual Holiday Market, join Vera, along with IAIS staff, for a Zoom-based presentation on how she has woven her indigenous heritage, knowledge of regional history, and passion for artistic creation into one-of-a-kind creations that are both contemporary and ancient at the same time.
Through a series of virtual presentations scheduled throughout late November and early December of 2020, participating artists will discuss their artwork, and how they use it to express, preserve, and promote their cultural heritage and traditions in the digital age.