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A History of Indigenous Peoples’ Day

A History of Indigenous Peoples’ Day

We are so proud to live in a state that celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day! Vermont officially adopted the holiday in 2016.

What is Indigenous Peoples’ Day?

It’s a holiday meant to honor the heritage, history, and culture of the Native American tribes. Although not yet federally recognized, many states and cities have celebrated since 1998. It’s observed as an alternative to Columbus Day.

Columbus Day was federalized in 1937, mainly to gain support from Italian voters. As a federal holiday, workers get the day off. Schools teach Christopher Columbus’s importance.

Unfortunately, it also erases Native American history. Christopher Columbus is called a “discoverer” rather than a “colonizer” of America. This denies the existence of the Native people who already lived on the land.

Therefore, Columbus Day was always somewhat unpopular. Some states disagree with closing for the day. More recently, people have called into question Columbus’ problematic legacy. People want to find ways to honor the original stewards of our land instead.

Thus, talks began in 1977 to replace Columbus Day with a more inclusive holiday. South Dakota first adopted the holiday in 1989 as Native American Day.

Vermont’s Indigenous Peoples

There are four state-recognized tribes in Vermont: the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation, the Elnu Abenaki Tribe, the Koasek Abenaki Tribe, and the Mississquoi Abenaki Tribe. They did not gain official recognition until 2011 and 2012. But they have always been here. Long before Vermont became a state, and long before Christopher Columbus landed in South America.

Vermonters receive little education about our local tribes. At most, a brief unit about Abenakis in elementary school around Thanksgiving. Few learn about the eugenics program that sterilized thousands of Vermont Natives in the 1930s through the 70s. Fewer know any Abenaki artists.

Education is similarly limited around the country. This Indigenous Peoples’ Day, immerse yourself in the art and culture of your local tribes!

How To Celebrate

Assortment of necklaces by Indigenous jewelers

A colorful assortment of necklaces by Zuni jewelers

Not sure how to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day? Start by reading up on the full history of the holiday! Then research the tribes local to your area. Visit heritage sites and museums nearby. Watch documentaries and read books created by Native voices. Finally, share all of your newfound knowledge with your friends!

Find more ways to celebrate here.

Terri Logan Trunk Show September 25-27

Terri Logan Trunk Show September 25-27

2020 has been a strange year for all of us. We’ve been required to change in ways we never expected – face masks, social distancing, limited capacity, and a shift towards the virtual have all become the norm. But one thing that hasn’t changed is Terri Logan‘s incredible eye for jewelry!

Join us in-store and online for a (virtual) Terri Logan trunk show September 25-27. (more…)

Stowe Winter Carnival: Remarkable Things in Vermont

Stowe Winter Carnival: Remarkable Things in Vermont

It is no secret that we are a fan of remarkable things; gizmos, gadgets, jewelry, art pieces, wall hangings, custom tables, and every bit of joy that catches our eye. That thrill of the unique doesn’t end with what we stock our stores with, it extends into this place we call home. If ever there was a place to call remarkable – It is Stowe, Vermont!

Remarkable Stowe: Winter Carnival

From top to bottom, Stowe is filled with all the charm and personality you would expect from a small town. One of our signature events, the Stowe Winter Carnival, is no different. Each year people wander through our streets, admiring businesses and general stores and restaurants decked out in glittering lights as the snowflakes fly by. It is a celebration of Vermont, our artists, our community, and our winter. This is one of the most magical weekends to visit Stowe and one of the highlights is the ice carving!

ryan fowler art print

Wall art features a range of artists including Ryan Fowler. Various dogs balancing beer on their noses will serve as inspiration for this ice sculpture option.

Ice Carving in Stowe

The Stowe Winter Carnival is always a favorite of both locals and those visiting. When the town bursts to life in the middle of the wintery cold, you’re going to notice. When dozens and dozens of glistening ice sculptures are made live and in person on every street corner, you’re definitely going to notice.

It is always exciting to have our very own ice sculpture to welcome winter joy and this year, we want to let you in on the backstage bit of fun! Not only can you watch the ice turn from a square block into a work of art, but we want you to help decide what it will be! We will be operating polls on our social media accounts so be sure to jump in on the fun. Learn more about the options below!

Ice Sculpture Option One: Ryan Fowler

Ryan Fowler is a phenomenal artist that we are inspired by every day. His art prints hang from our walls and hurry out the door with so many customers that fall in love with the quirky, wholesome, down-home feeling of his art. In honor of his work, our love for dogs, and Stowe’s craft beer culture one option for our Ice Sculpture is a Labrador balancing a beer on his nose! Check out more of his work

cj hockett wildlife photography

Photograph by CJ Hockett. This may serve as inspiration for this ice sculpture option.

Ice Sculpture Option Two: CJ Hockett

Another artist who continues to catch our eye is CJ Hockett. His wildlife photography lets us peek at part of nature that often moves too quickly for us to truly appreciate. One of our favorite pieces of his work is of a Snowy Owl taking flight. Wouldn’t you love to see that majestic owl come to life from a block of ice? See more of the work that inspired us

Explore Stowe this Winter

We hope you’ll have a chance to vote in the comments on Facebook or join our Instagram polls. If not, stay tuned for more information on what majestic sculpture will be made for us. All around Stowe you’ll be able to see the work of amazing artists and currently we are scheduled to have our sculpture begin at 2pm on Friday, January 24th. We will have sales, deals, and all kinds of fun happening inside so be sure to stop by and say hello! Visit our store online

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