> UVM Professor to Speak About Native American Baskets
> ADDISON, Vt. B Chimney Point State Historic Site continues its celebration
> of Native American Basketry with a look at basket making and related fiber
> arts made by native peoples throughout the Americas. The presentation
> will be held Sept. 4, 1 p. m. and is part of a series of events held in
> conjunction with Chimney Point=s summer exhibit Weaving Tradition into a
> Changing World: 200 Years of Abenaki Basketry.
> University of Vermont Anthropology Professor Jim Petersen will discuss the
> similarities and differences between baskets and other fiber arts of
> various native cultures. According to Petersen, ABaskets and related
> fiber crafts clearly reflect the distinctive culture of the artisans, and
> therefore, are an interesting and rewarding area of study.@ An authority
> on prehistoric ceramics, Petersen also recently edited A Most
> Indispensable Art: Native Fiber Industries from Eastern North American.
> Chimney Point State Historic Site is devoted to telling the story of
> Vermont=s Native American and French heritage. Native Americans have used
> the area as a seasonal camp for several thousand years. The French
> fortified the region and established settlements during the 1730s-1750s.
> The Chimney Point Museum is housed in an historic tavern building that
> operated as an inn at the turn of the century. Chimney Point is open
> Wednesday B Sunday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. It is located by the Champlain
> Bridge at the junction of Routes 17 and 125. Admission is $2.00 for
> adults; children under 15 are admitted for free. For more information
> about this event or other programs at the site, call 802-759-2412.