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Workshop to look at Native Americans

VERGENNES In 1609, Samuel de Champlain was the first European to travel the waters of the lake that would bear his name, a lake that was already an important maritime highway for Abenaki and Mohawk people. Teachers are invited to prepare for next years commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Champlains journey with a professional development workshop called Teaching Native History: A Trans-Cultural Approach. On Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bixby Memorial Free Library in Vergennes, teachers will have an opportunity to learn about the many native cultures of the Lake Champlain region. Registration and information are available by contacting Sigrid Lumbra at 802-828-0200. The fee for the workshop is $50, and recertification credit is available. To provide for a hands-on experience, attendance will be limited to 20. Workshop features include: Trans-national and trans-cultural perspectives with Abenaki scholar, performer and historical consultant Marge Bruchac; the 1609 military encounter that Champlain was part of and why it matters; Ways to bring fresh eyes and ears to learning history with filmmaker Caro Thompson, producer of Champlain: The Lake Between, a new documentary; a tour of the historic library and its historical museum. The workshop is one element of the project Lake Champlain Voyages of Discovery: Bringing History Home, funded by the Institute for Museum andLibrary Services and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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