Ndakinna Cultural Center – Abenaki Native American Center in Vermont


Keeping cultural heritage alive is the goal of many non-profit organizations. For the Ndakinna Cultural Center, a nonprofit nonprofit organization, this goal is at the top of the list. The State of Vermont is the first native of the Abegeni Indians. Abenaki called his home "Ndakinna," which meant our land. Abernathy has endured many struggles to keep the culture alive. The newest is less than 100 years ago when the Vermont State conducted the Evgenix program, which is targeted at Abernacle. The Eugenics program ended the forced sterilization of Abernacle. The law, adopted in 1931, is called the "Law on Human Improvement through Voluntary Sterilization" and "Abenaki" are the biggest goal. During this period, Abebacks were forced to join other families around them. Many learned to play a violin or a guitar, because the drums would call the police and would most likely be in jail. Many of them were forced to become "French-Canadian" to avoid the mysterious spontaneous abortions that occurred after the doctors' visit or the removal of children from the family. Due to the fact that Abenaki was hiding, many Vermont still believe that they never had people from Alennaki who lived in Vermont. It is also due to the underground way of life that Vermont Alennaki can not sell its goods as authentic Indian goods.

The Eugenics program was the latest in the darkest days of our ancestors, but today we can again be Indians in society and continue to teach people about our heritage through Abenaki, Powwows, Arts & crafts and drumming . However, due to the failure of the Vermont State to correctly recognize The Abenaki we still can not mark our crafts as authentic Indian works. However, we can continue to teach our traditions and teach people that we are still here and have always been. We do this through various programs through the state, including the tribal office for The Missiquoi Abenaki in Swanton, where also a museum is housed through the various pow-wow, Historical Society Museum in Montpellier, and other museums in Vermont. We also do this through a cultural center dedicated to teaching the heritage of Abe- naki through various classes, meetings, school visits and seminars.

The legacy of Abernac is an important part of Vermont's history and must be preserved. All Aberycs in Vermont should be proud of who they are. Some of us belong to the Abernacle groups and some of us choose not to be concerned about one or another reason, but the fact that it's about it is that we are all connected and we have to pass on our own legacy to our children on whatever way. We also need to reunite as one people. The processes of the past are terrifying, but we can do it in the future, but first we have to learn to accept and educate people in the state of Vermont.