“Circle of Courage” Shares Abenaki Heritage with Our Students

Recently, Malletts Bay School students were very fortunate to have a special visit from the Swanton-based “Circle of Courage” Abenaki youth group.

Six Missisquoi Valley Union High School (MVU) students—all of whom must take a vow of purity in order to participate in the Circle of Courage—and elder Brenda Gagne shared some of their sacred traditions with the Ospreys, including drumming, playing wooden flute, sharing some of the Abenaki language, and answering a number of questions from the MBS students.

To watch a video featuring the visit, please click here.

The Circle of Courage’s visit complemented current learning going on at MBS relating to Colchester and its indigenous residents.

To read a Burlington Free Press article (which includes a video) about MVU’s November 21 Abenaki tribal flag-raising event, please click here.

For more information, please contact MBS at (802) 264-5900.

Many, many thanks to Brenda Gagne and the Circle of Courage for sharing some of their culture and their experiences with our students.

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