Keeping the fire of tradition burning

Photo by Sarah Webb

At a recent campfire family program at Shelburne Farms, Chief Don Stevens of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk-Abenaki Nation teaches participants about Abenaki culture through stories, artifacts, drumming and song. Behind the Farm Barn, visitors to the farm can see an Abenaki totem with carved symbols: eagle, bear, otter, turtle and pine. Stevens writes about the totem’s significance in a blog post at

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