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Join us for a special discussion about the West River petroglyphs and our region’s enduring Abenaki presence.

The Brattleboro Words Project presents a special Roundtable Discussion on the West River petroglyphs and our region’s enduring Abenaki presence on Friday August 16 at 6:00PM at The Marina Restaurant. Diver/Explorer Annette Spaulding, Rich Holschuh, and Dr. Jessica Dolan will present their research from pontoon boat while guests view from The Marina’s outdoor deck and from their own boats, kayaks, and canoes gathered around in the water for an enlightening and fun evening. At 7:00 PM the presentation will move off the water and into the adjacent Marinaville tent for open discussion.

To reserve an outdoor table for 6:00 PM dinner on The Marina’s deck, call (802) 257-7563.

Rich Holchuh

Rich Holchuh

Rich serves on the Vermont Commission for Native American Affairs and as a public liaison for the Elnu Abenaki Tribe. He also interfaces with other tribal groups, corporate entities, other local and state agencies, civic groups, and public and private educational institutions, providing outreach and building connections.

Dr. Jessica Dolan

Dr. Jessica Dolan

Dr. Jessica Dolan is an environmental anthropologist and ethnobotanist, who researches and writes about human relationships with the natural world. She has worked with Indigenous communities in Canada and the United States for the last ten years on projects that contribute to environmental restoration, education, traditional knowledge revitalization, land conservation, and Indigenous sovereignty.

Annette Spaulding

Annette Spaulding

Annette Spaulding is certified master scuba diver and certified Underwater Criminal Investigator, and archeologist. After seeing a circa 1850 drawing depicting a series of petroglyphs purportedly in the West River, she began her search. She spent decades of research, did hundreds of dives (where she discovered many other historical artifacts) and dug through much sediment to find the elusive petroglyphs, in 2017.

The Day Of…

You’ll find event specific below, but please contact us with any questions: info@brattleborowords.org

Event Details

Date: 16 August 2019
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: 28 Spring Tree Rd.
Brattleboro, VT 05301

Predicted Weather

Temperature: 75°
Rain: 0%
Wind: 2mph

The Marina Restaurant in Brattleboro sits on the water and offers beautiful views all year round. Amazing sunsets are a specialty!

Seafood, burgers and steaks, pasta, kid’s menu, homemade desserts are the best!

Located where the Connecticut and West Rivers meet, The Marina is a memorable, casual dining experience for everyone.

Kayak & Canoe Rental

Don’t own a boat? Not a problem. These local kayak and canoe rental shops will set you up with a sturdy watercraft for the occasion.

Vermont Canoe Touring Center

(802) 257-5008

Norm’s Marina

(603) 256-6266

Vermont Touring Canoe Center

Norm's Marina

Program & Event Sponsors

This event was made possible by the generious support of our community organizations.