The Vermont Folklife Center's Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program started 20 years ago and since then its underwritten apprenticeships in a wide range of arts. But its initial focus was on preserving Vermont's Native American culture.
Among the first apprentices was a woman who set out to learn the traditional basket making of her ancestors. She is now a master herself, and teaches the skills she learned 20 years ago.
In addition to her work as a basket maker, Jeanne Brink is co-author of A Western Abenaki Language Guide and she gives talks and workshops on Abenaki culture.
Note: Jeanne will speak tomorrow at 7pm at the One World Conservation Center in Bennington.