Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Native Genealogy Discussion Sunday At Institute For American Indian Studies

Feather News
March 17, 2009

A discussion called "Moccasin Tracks; Tracing Native American Genealogy in New England & Canada" will be held on Sunday, March 22 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, CT.

The press release states:

"Please join artist and educator Jeanne “Morningstar” Kent of as she shares her knowledge and experience in researching Native American ancestry. Jeanne will provide essential information, helpful hints and thought provoking questions for those tracing their own Native genealogy. The daughter of a French and Indian father and a German mother, she descends from the Abenaki, Nipissing, Algonkian and Montanais people of theQuebec area. She was named Spozowialakws (Morningstar) years ago by an Abenaki Elder. Her Native name translates as “one who leads others out of the darkness into light” - a teacher.

"Mrs. Kent is a retired art instructor who taught in the Hartford public schools for 20 years at all levels. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and a Master's in art education from the University of Hartford. She also studied Genealogy with the National Genealogical Society and is a member of the French Genealogy Library in Tolland, CT.

"Her art work focuses on the five-tribe Wabanaki Confederacy consisting of the Abenaki, Penobscot, Maliseet, Mi'kmaq and Passamaquoddy. She has taught courses on both native crafts and history to fellow educators, universities and the general public. Currently, she serves as a Native interpreter at The Institute for American Indian Studies. She is a member of the American Gourd Society and is owner of Morningstar Studio."

The Institute for American Indian Studies is located at 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT 06793. The phone number is 860 868-0518.