Winter 2018-2019

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saturday, december 1, 2018

10:15 AM - Storytelling Performance

The Winter Storytelling Season has begun! Come warm your heart with stories that have been told for many, many centuries here on Turtle Island. Anne will be sharing some much-loved traditional lesson stories in a performance to kick off the day’s events at MKIM’s the Winter Gathering. Come join us, Ho? Hey!

1 PM - Cornhusk Doll Workshop

Anne has been invited back to the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, NH to give her 3rd workshop on how to make traditional Northeastern Woodlands cornhusk dolls. Contact the museum directly for event details.

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 Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

During this year’s festive Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke Museum, Anne will be in the Cotton Tenant House (South), demonstrating various Northeast Native American crafts by working in miniature to create some special Native American themed holiday ornaments.

Depending on the evening you stroll through, Anne might be making ornaments with Abenaki raised beadwork on black velvet or perhaps crafting miniature beaded moccasins.

Complementing the theme of Cotton Tenant House (South), Anne might be weaving small dream catchers or miniature snowshoes.

Or you might catch her working with birch bark to create beaded birch bark Christmas trees, birch bark baskets and birch bark moose, bears, and turtles, OR. . . she might decide to work with corn husks to create tiny coiled cornhusk baskets and cornhusk angels.

There are almost endless possibilities for making ornaments using the traditional skills and materials that are associated with the Abenaki people of the Northeast. Anne will be drawing upon her knowledge, her training, and her creativity to render some of these objects of art in miniature

Anne will be giving craft demonstrations and visiting with the guests at Candlelight Stroll on December 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, and 22, 2018.


Dawnland StoryFest - New Hampshire’s Only

Native American Storytelling Festival

February 2, 2019

The Dawnland StoryFest is a warm spot in cold and snowy February and - New Hampshire's only annual Native American Storytelling Festival. This is the 5th year anniversary for the festival and its first year at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, NH. Please join us if you love to listen to traditional Native American stories - and if you'd like to learn more about telling traditional Native American storytelling.

The festival was originally created almost five years ago, by NH storyteller PapaJoe Gaudet, as a showcase for Wampanoag storyteller and elder, Medicine Story. This year, the Dawnland StoryFest moves to its new home and will be dedicated in memory of two wonderful NH Native American storytellers who both passed away in 2018: Medicine Story and Peter "Bearded Turtle" Brodeur.

Come hear experienced Native American storytellers share traditional tales during the heart of the Winter Storytelling Season. For the first time, this year's featured teller is a woman! Anne Jennison is an award winning storyteller of European and Abenaki descent who has been telling traditional Native American lesson stories for 30 years.

Also featured are: Crow HearsCrow, Darlene Kascak, Angela Klingler, Sebastian Lockwood, Papa Joe Gaudet, and Simon Brooks as the MC. In addition to hearing stories, there will also be a discussion that touches on ideas about what Native American stories are appropriate to tell, as well as when, where,why, and how to tell them. There may also be an opportunity for you to share a traditional Native American lesson story, if you have one prepared to share.

The Festival takes place each year on the first Saturday in February, during the heart of the winter storytelling season. In this, its 5th year the Dawnland Storyfest is changing homes. Formerly held at the Mariposa Museum & Cultural Center in Peterborough, NH, starting this year, the Dawnland Storyfest will now be held at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, NH. The very modest admission fee for this event is $5.50. Free admission for Native Americans.

Please note: The Dawnland StoryFest is geared toward adults, including young adults, who are interested in Native American Storytelling traditions. This event is not really suitable for young children as there will be no specifically child-oriented activities - or childcare - provided during this one-day storytelling conference and festival.

Contact Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum for more info.




Learn to Make Beaded Birchbark Earrings

May 18, 2019 10 AM - 12 NOON

Join Anne at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, NH from 10 a.m. - noon. Anne has been asked to teach a workshop on how to make the beaded birchbark earrings that are her original design, using a traditional Abenaki beading technique and the skills Anne also uses to make Abenaki styles of birchbark containers and baskets.

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PRESENT the 17th annual

Woods, Water, & Wildlife Festival!

AUGUST 10, 2019 1:30 pm

Back for her 2nd year at this festival, Anne will be sharing traditional Northeastern Native American Stories at 1:30 p.m.