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Native American Artist Interprets Exhibit at Chimney Point State
The unique brich bark art of Penobscot artist ssipsis will be
interpreted by its creator in a discussion on August 1, followed by
an interactive puppet show on August 2 at the Chimney Point State
Historic Site in Addison, Vermont. The Friday evening lecture begins
at 7 pm; a contribution of $1.00 per person is suggested. The puppet
show is featured Saturday morning at 10:30 am. Admission is adults
$2.00 and children $1.00.
ssipsis' exhibit, "In Memory of Our Mothers," pays tribute to the
Abenaki mothers who "disappeared" in the 1920s and 1930s. Utilizing
birch bark art to celebrate Native American motherhood, the exhibit
is on display through October 13.
The artist's only public appearance with her work offers a unique
opportunity to explore the traditional and contemporary roles of
women in maintaining Native American spirituality and culture.
ssipsis, author of "Molly Molasses and Me," a collection of short
stories and poems, also lectures at colleges and universities about
the birch bark and sweetgrass art inspired by her dreams.
Known also as an accomplished puppeteer, ssipsis uses puppets she has
made to tell traditional stories enjoyed by children and adults
alike. The Saturday matinee performance features "Gluscabi and
Turtle." This Native American tale is part of the oral tradition
handed down through the generations.
The Chimney Point State Historic Site, owned by the State of Vermont
and administered by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation is
open Wednesday-Sunday, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, through October 13.
Admission is $2.00 adult and children 14 and under free. For more
information, call (802) 759-2412. The site is located at the
junction of route 17 & 125 by the Champlain Bridge.