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Wednesday, 08 July 2009  
From Calumet to Crisis… and Back
FNWSU Title VII Indian Education Program in Swanton, VT announces the premiere and
release of a new DVD entitled:  “From Calumet to Crisis… and Back.”

The Abenaki Circle of Courage Program draws on the writings of acclaimed Native Author Larry
Brendtro who first introduced this holistic model.  While we (Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi, St.
Francis/Sokoki Band) believe in the tenets of belonging, generosity, independence, and mastery
these core values have been adapted to accommodate our own beliefs about children.
As we view children from an “at-promise” paradigm, conventional “at-risk” models are replaced by
a strengths-based approach.  This 16 minute DVD invites the viewer to explore an after-school
program designed, in part, to deal with the issue of tobacco reduction.  The outcomes are
extremely positive and  point to practices that may be beneficial wherever children’s health is an
Through a model that utilizes our traditional dance and other customs, students learn the
difference between tobacco as a sacred herb used for ceremonies versus the social convention of
cigarette smoking.  Ultimately, there is a profound sense that when a community creates a context
in which youth can thrive, they will…
***      The DVD will premiere on July 10, 2009 at 1:15 p.m. in the Community Room at the ECHO
Center in Burlington as part of the Vermont Indigenous Celebration, a Vermont Quadricentennial
Signature Event.  Copies of the DVD will be available and visitors will be able to meet the
community leaders and children who made the film possible.

For more information contact:  Jeff Benay, Director of Indian Education Programs, Franklin County
VT (802) 868-4033; jeffbenay@fnwsu.org

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