New Hampshire
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Anne Jennison - Native American Storyteller

Anne Jennison is a New Hampshire-based Native American storyteller, historian, educator, and craftsperson with both European and Abenaki heritage.  With Master’s degrees in both Storytelling and in History, Anne brings a wealth of knowledge - polished by more than 30 years of experience as a performing storyteller - to her retelling of timeless Native American lesson stories, especially the stories of the Northeast. 

Prior to retiring from teaching, Anne taught American History, World History, Cultural Anthropology, Storytelling, and Native American Studies courses for 20 years - at both the high school and college level.  Since retiring from classroom teaching, Anne is still an active public educator. She tells Native American stories and teaches Abenaki History and Culture through her appearances at schools, colleges, powwows, museums, historical societies, and libraries.  Additionally, Anne give demonsrations of Indigenous crafts such as beadwork and birch bark basket making. She also teaches traditional Abenaki crafts workshops and gives storytelling performances at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH, the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, NH, and other venues throughout New England.   Anne is also a co-producer of the annual Dawnland StoryFest - New England's only Native American Storytelling Festival – which takes place on the first Saturday in February every year. 

From May – December, in addition to giving storytelling performances at a variety of venues, Anne spends a few days a week at the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH, where she is helping the museum develop an Abenaki history and culture interpretation program through an exhibit called “The People of the Dawnland”.  While at the museum, Anne interacts with visitors from around the world and teaches them about the Indigenous people of New Hampshire and the Northeast, while giving demonstrations of various Abenaki crafts, such as traditional basketry using materials like coiled sweet grass or coiled cornhusk, as well as white birch bark.  Anne also demonstrates cornhusk doll making and Abenaki raised beadwork while teaching museum visitors about the Abenaki peoples - from their ancient past to the current issues affecting contemporary Abenaki people.

Anne believes that our world is filled with thousands of rich cultures, all of which have given birth to their own unique collections of folklore and oral traditions. However, as a professional storyteller Anne chooses to tell primarily the Native American lesson stories that reflect the Abenaki part of her heritage.  Anne explains it this way: 

“Stories from all traditions share the wonder of life and great gifts of humor and wisdom, but for their gentle yet critically important lessons of life, Native American lesson stories are my favorite to tell.  I first began learning Northeast Woodlands stories when my daughters were quite young, to teach them about their Abenaki and Mohawk heritage. And, although I mostly tell Indigenous Northeast Woodlands stories, over the years I have expanded my repertoire to include stories from a few other places on Turtle Island”. 

One of Anne's ongoing professional goals is to share Northeastern Native American lesson stories and traditional crafts in ways that are culturally accurate, engaging, and warmly entertaining.  

Additional Links: 
Anne's cd "Hummingbird - Native American Stories" - available from 9Star Media
Anne's cd "Hummingbird - Native American Stories" - available from cdbaby.com
The creative partnership of Charlie & Anne Jennison

I Have Worked With

  • December 2020

    During the 2017, 2018, and 2019 seasons at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, I have done Native American Storytelling and also acted as a museum interpreter of the Native American (Abenaki) history and culture of New Hampshire and Northern New England.  This work is ongoing.  I also participate in the November Thanksgiving program for schoolgroups at Strawbery Banke Museum by teaching about the traditional Abenaki celebrations of thanks that happen in every season of the year.  And during the annual "Candlelight Stroll" on weekends in December, I give demonstrations of traditional Abenaki beadwork as part of the seasonal festivities at Strawbery Banke Museum.

  • December 2020

    Native American Storyteller and Museum Interpreter, teaching the history, culture, and crafts of the Wabanaki peoples of Northern New England since 2017.

  • November 2020

    TELLABRATION!  In November 2018 and 2019, the Seacoast Storytellers, in partnership with Strawbery Banke Museum and the National Storytelling Network presented Tellabration! - An Evening of Storytelling for Grown-Ups!  Anne Jennison is a co-producer of this event, in addition to being one of the featured storytellers.  This event was so well received that it is now an ongoing annual event at Strawbery Banke Museum!  Tellabration! is held in over 300 location worldwide, and is usually held on the last Saturday in November before Thanksgiving.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Anne
Job Title/Position: 
Native American Storyteller
Physical Address: 
Hummingbird Farm 34 High Road
Lee, NH 03861
Last Name: 
Jennison
Phone: 
(603) 817-8306

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - Storytelling
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - General
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Humanities - History
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Theater - Storytelling
Visual/Crafts - Decorative Arts
Visual/Crafts - Dolls / Soft Sculpture
Visual/Crafts - Fiber
Visual/Crafts - Jewelry
Visual/Crafts - Wood / Bark
Year Founded: 
1991
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
Families
General Public
Native American Tribes
Nonprofits
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Audio or Video Recording
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
30
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Seacoast Storytellers
Granite State Storytelling Alliance
Northeast Storytellers
National Storytelling Network
Education: 
Storytelling, BA - University System of New Hampshire
Storytelling, MA - Lesley University
History, MA - University of New Hampshire
Awards: 
Storytelling World Magazine Honor Award

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
ADA accessible performance venue required.
A performance area that is free from extraneous noise and distractions.
Assistance carrying in drum, chair, and small side table.
Access to electricity for your sound system or mine if the venue is outside AND/OR the audience is larger than 100.
Fee Range Minimum: 
$350
Fee Range Maximum: 
$1,500
State of Residence: 
New Hampshire
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
2

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Theater
Visual/Crafts
Ages Served: 
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Certifications / Training: 
MA in History
MA in Storytelling
15 years public school teaching (high school Social Studies)
5 years graduate level teaching - Storytelling, Native American History, American History
Fee Range Minimum: 
$350
Fee Range Maximum: 
$1,500