Wabanaki Agriculture: Seeds Of Renewal

Wabanaki Agriculture: Seeds Of Renewal


Start time: Saturday 1:00pm (28 April)
End time: Saturday 5:00pm (28 April)


Dr. Fred Wiseman shares the historic and contemporary food systems of the VT/NH Abenakis and their Wabanaki neighbors. Using the discipline of Ethnobotany, counterbalanced with a Native American perspective, we explore many facets of the relationship of our region's Indigenous communities to their domesticated foods. Expect lecture/slide-show, demonstrations, and displays.

A main topic of the day will be The Wabanaki Seed Catalog. Dr. Wiseman will go over this comprehensive seed catalog, including stories of chasing down the seeds, how they have turned out in cultivation, their taste and nutrition and tips on how to properly grow them together. He also discusses the implications of deep-time Wabanaki crops to food security in a time of climatic and ecological uncertainty.

COST: sliding scale of $25-45. Preregister to insure your space!

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Frederick M. Wiseman (Abenaki) trained as a paleo-ethnobotanist at the University of Arizona then taught at Louisiana State, MIT's Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology, and Johnson State College in Vermont, where he retired as Department Chair in 2014. Over the last twenty years he has focused on the culture and ecology of the Wabanaki people of northern New England, Quebec and the Canadian Maritimes, completing books and films, scholarly and popular articles and presented papers on Wabanaki culture & ecology. He is a talented and fascinating speaker!