Shelburne Museum is located upon land sacred to the Western Abenaki people. Called N’dakinna, or “our homeland,” this place has long served as an important site of meeting and cultural exchange. We honor and celebrate the Abenaki’s rich history as the traditional and ongoing stewards of these lands and waters. We remember that this land is unceded and recognize the enduring injustices rooted in colonialism and systemic oppression faced by Indigenous peoples. With humility and gratitude, we remain committed to sustaining meaningful relationships with Indigenous peoples to share this land as a place to gather, learn, and thrive.


The four Abenaki Tribes recognized by the state of Vermont are:


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Artist formerly known (Wabanaki or possibly Abenaki), Trinket Basket, date unknown. Splint, Sweet grass, ash, and paint or dye, 2 5/16 x 3 in. Collection of Shelburne Museum, gift of Charles F. Brown. 1955-73.3. Photography by Andy Duback.