Re: Abenaki language revitalization

Hello Taylor,

My goodness! I cannot thank you enough for all the amazing information you have given me.

I too hope that Ashley Smith is on here, I would love to correspond with her as well.

To everyone, you can reach me best at In terms of Lisa Brooks, I have her book, The Common Pot – which is wonderful actually. The final chapter 7: Concluding Thoughts from Wabanaki Space, Literacy and the Oral Tradition is right on target and has been very helpful.

I will also try and get in touch with Jenny Davis as well.

Re: Abenaki language revitalization

Hi Elizabeth,

What a fascinating topic and question! I hope that Ashley Smith of Hampshire College is following this thread, I know that she is working on Abenaki history, and I have a hunch she would say that the answer to your question begins with space. You might return to Lisa Brooks to think about space and language.

I also suggest you get in contact with another wonderful scholar, Jenny Davis at Illinois Urbana Champagne, who works in very innovative ways on Indigenous language revitalization.

Abenaki language revitalization

My name is Elizabeth and I am currently a student in a PhD program, Language Literacy and Sociocultural Studies at the University of New Mexico.  My specialty is Northeastern Woodlands people culture and natures of personal identity. I have been writing about this for several years now, having been deeply inspired by my Northeast Woodlands relatives and friends. 


Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum (in New Hampshire) World War I Oral History Project

As part of commemorating United State’s involvement in World War I, I (through Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum) will be conducting an oral history project.  This project will consist of interviewing, recording and preserving Native American family narratives about what life was like for their ancestors during World War I.  We will be focusing on both veteran’s stories and stories about the “home front.” This will allow us to capture the flavor of what World War I was like for indigenous families in New England. 

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