Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss will join representatives of Quebec, other regional municipalities, Congressional representatives, and First Nation representatives for a dedication and ribbon cutting for the “Champlain 400 Plaza”.The dedication comes one year after the City and region’s celebration of the Quadricentennial, 400 years since the explorer Samuel De Champlain arrived in Vermont.
Abenaki Singers - Traditional Wabanaki chants and songs accompanied by hand drum. Interview with Walker and Melody Brook - Dressed in 1609 period costume, Walker and Melody share their insights into being an Abenaki. Abenaki Dancers - Award winning Takara Matthews and Josh Hunt demonstrate some of the dances of a New England Pow-wow. This program is part of the Lake Champlain quadricentennial celebration.
Traditional Wabanaki Story of the Lake creation as told by Roger Longtoe Sheehan. Interview with ELNU Chief Roger Longtoe Sheehan on culture, history and future of Abenaki's. Traditional Songs - Ed Johnston sings accompanied by a hand drum and rattle. This program is part of the Lake Champlain quadricentennial celebration.
Opening Ceremonies - Features presentations to the Abenaki Chiefs, Elders, and local guests. Interview with Burton DeCarr 'Spotted Eagle', Abenaki Spiritual Leader. Circle of Courage, Abenaki Youth Dancers - From the Swanton-Highgate area young Abenakis keep traditions alive with teacher/mentor Brenda Gagne. This program is part of the Lake Champlain quadricentennial celebration.
Raymonde Litalien, Honorary Conservator of the National Archives of Canada, obtained her degree in Literature from the University of Montréal and a PhD in History from the Sorbonne. From 1977 to 2005, she directed a team that identified and microfilmed more than a million and a half Canada-related document pages to enrich Canadian collections. She coordinated a joint France-Canada project in digitizing and posting on the Internet all known documentation on New France (www.archivescanadafrance.org). She has published numerous articles and three books, The Explorers of North America (1993): The Measure of a Continent: A Historical Atlas of North America 1492-1795, and Quebec, Capital of New France and co-edited Champlain: The Birth of French America with Denis Vaugeois (2004).
Eric Thierry, a fellow of the University of Paris – Sorbonne`s Center for Research of the Literature of Voyage (CRLV) obtained his doctorate at the Sorbonne. He was awarded a silver medal in Renaissance history by the Académie Française for Marc Lescarbot (Paris 2001). Dr. Thierry is also author of The France of Henri IV on North America (Paris 2008). His most recent publication is an annotated modern French edition of Champlain`s Voyages of 1619 (2008). A new edition of Champlain`s Voyages of 1632 is forthcoming this year.
David Hackett Fischer is the Earl Warren Professor of History at Brandeis University. Author of eleven books, he won the Pulitzer Prize in History (2005) for Washington`s Crossing. Paul Revere`s Ride (1994) and Champlain`s Dream (2008) were named Notable Books by the New York Times.Albion`s Seed (1989), required reading for all Champlain College students, is now in its twenty-third printing. He has co-edited the fifteen volume series Pivotal Moments in American History with James McPherson of Princeton University. He is currently at work on a book on the middle years of the American Revolution.
On Friday, March 17th Channel 17/Town Meeting TV community producer Enrique “Kike” Balcazar, producer of Nadando Contra la Corriente con Justicia Migrante, the popular Spanish language program for Vermont migrant farm workers, was one of three people detained and arrested by U.S. Immigration and Custom's Enforcement (ICE) officials last week. Enrique’s arrested colleagues include Zully Palacios and Alex Carrillo.