Root Words

Indigenous Food Sovereignty in Vermont

August 2, 2021

Vermont officially recognizes 4 Abenaki tribes today.  The Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk-Abenaki, the Elnu Abenaki Tribe, the Abenaki Nation at Missisquoi, and the Koasek Traditional Band of the Koas Abenaki Nation.

Up until industrialization, and throughout much of the world today, a community’s access to food is tightly woven in with that community’s access to land.

On this episode of Root Words, We talk with Chef Jessee Lawyer, Professor Fred Wiseman, and Chief Don Stevens.

And we’ll hear little about the Abenaki community’s connection to this land, game animals, and traditional food ways, and we’ll hear how these living traditions have continued to evolve and grow through contemporary times.  

This episode was produced by Stephen Abatiell.

Special thanks to Jessee Lawyer, Professor Fred Wiseman, and Chief Don Stevens.

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