East Montpelier, VT, January 25, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Vermont is a great place to visit for many different reasons. Vermont's Scenic Green Mountains are absolutely beautiful anytime of year. The Green Mountains are popular for Skiing, Hiking or just taking in the beauty while traveling the Vermont country roads. During the spring and fall alike Vermont is a welcome place to tourists. Tourists come to Vermont in many different ways such as Vermont Tour Buses, Car, Truck, Van and jet to get a glimpse of the natural beauty. However there is much more to Vermont then just the scenery. What many people do not know is that long before the State Of Vermont was settled the Abenaki Indians lived here. What even more people do not know is that the Abenaki Indians still live here today. Although much fewer in numbers due to disease, war and more recently a state run Eugenics programs in the early 1900’s that tried to wipe out the native American population, the Abenaki’s have survived.
Recently opened in East Montpelier Vermont (about 5 miles from the Vermont State Capitol) is a Vermont Indian Museum dedicated to the Abenaki Indians of Vermont. The museum is housed inside The East Montpelier Sugarhouse. The owner Todd Hebert and business partner Shirly Hook Therrian are both Abenaki Indians. The Abenaki museum aims to teach all people the struggle of the Abenaki people. You will learn the history of the Abenaki People as well as learn various skills that were passed down through the classroom that is open to the public. The museum is indeed an important cultural center for Vermont history.
Also located above the museum is the museum gift shop where visitors will find The Red Fox Trading Post and Cry of the Eagle., two Abenaki businesses devoted to Native American arts & crafts. Visitors will also find many Abenaki made crafts that are handmade by local Abenaki crafts people.
The owners are proud of our Native American heritage and hope you take some time while visiting Vermont to stop by The Vermont Indian museum and take something very special back home with you and that is a very important piece of Vermont History that is all to often forgotten. Learn more about the museum by visiting their website http://www.maplesugarhouse.net