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Nebizun: Water Is Life
On view through October 10, 2022
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
Brattleboro, Vermont

This exhibit brings together artwork by Abenaki artists of the Champlain Valley and Connecticut River Valley regions to illustrate the Abenaki relationship to water, our awareness of water as a fundamental element necessary for all life, and our concern that pollution of water can change our traditional lifeways and the health of all our relations, human and animal.

“Nebizun: Water is Life” draws visitors into the Native American worldview of water from the very first word. “Nebizun” (or “Nebizon”) means “medicine,” and the root word, “Nebi,” is the Abenaki word for water. As stewards of the environment, Native American people know the importance of clean water. We also understand the healing powers of water. The Abenaki people know how essential water is to foodways, medicine, and everyday activities that may be taken for granted.

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[Image: Francine Poitras Jones, “Water is Life” (2019), acrylic on canvas, 20 x 16 inches from “Nebizun: Water is Life”]