233 Downs Rd
Melody will discuss the Abenaki understanding of creation and the natural progressions of personhood, power, and belonging that stem from that worldview. The underlying thread is identity and how one walks in the world according to the guideposts left by those that came before us.
Melody Walker Brook is an Abenaki educator, activist, and artist. She is a citizen of the Elnu Abenaki Band and has previously served as the vice chair and chair of the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs. She received her master’s degree in history from the University of Vermont. She has been an adjunct professor for over a decade and has taught Native American History and Culture, Abenakis and Their Neighbors, and Native American Spirituality. Within her community Melody has focused on cultural revitalization and concepts of personhood. She lectures in K-collegiate level classrooms and consults with many organizations in the community. She is a fingerweaver, beadworker, traditional tattoo artist, and interprets belts.