Culture Day at Odanak
June 20, 2022
Musée des Abénakis
During this afternoon at Odanak, we invite you to a series of indoor and outdoor activities that highlight the practices and traditional and contemporary knowledge of the W8banakiak in relation to plants. On the program: a forest walk on the Tolba trail with W8banaki knowledge keeper Michel Durand Nolett; guided tours of the exhibitions at the Musée des Abénakis; an interactive booth on archaeology and plants by Roxanne Lévesque and Nicolas Pinceloup of the Ndakina Office; and a traditional snack.
Shuttle bus from EXPRESSION, Saint-Hyacinthe
Departure: noon / Return: 6:00 p.m.
By reservation; limit of 20 participants.
Reservation: email@example.com or 450 773-4209, ask for Mélanie.
Navette d’EXPRESSION, Saint-Hyacinthe
Départ : 12h / Retour : 18h
Michel Durand Nolett is the land manager for the Conseil des Abénakis d’Odanak. In 2007, he founded the Bureau environnement et terre d’Odanak (Mziaow8gan Aki), which has developed diversified expertise to meet the community’s needs. Trained in forestry, he has a practice deeply connected to the territory (Ndakina) and to ancestral knowledge. He is committed to transmitting the knowledge of the W8banakiak, and he shares his time in the community of Odanak with the museum by giving talks, leading forest walks, and conducting workshops. He is the author of Plantes du soleil levant Waban Aki (2008).
The Ndakina Office of the Grand Council of the Waban-Aki Nation represents and supports the Conseil des Abénakis d’Odanak and the Conseil des Abénakis de Wôlinak with regard to territorial affirmations, consultations, and claims, and in matters related to the environment and adaptation to climate change. Historical, anthropological, archaeological, and environmental research is an important activity at the Office, with a view to acquiring the knowledge necessary for sustainable and responsible management of the ancestral territory, Ndakina. Roxane Lévesque, assistant archaeologist at the Ndakina Office, specializes in the study of historical materials and animal bones. She has participated in archaeological excavations on the site of the historic quadrangle of Odanak. Nicolas Pinceloup has training in plant ecology and the ecology of humid environments. As part of his work, he manages projects related to adaptation to climate change and takes part in meetings, working committees, and resource management tables with organizations, associations, and governmental departments.