Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Judy Dow

I am an Abenaki educator. I teach science, history and math through art. Currently I've been working with Gedakina and the University of New Hampshire through a National Science Foundation grant documenting sustainable land use practices with Indigenous youth in New England. This documentation has allowed us to create some of the most amazing maps and art projects. I also continue to teach basketry and beading. These skills often get lost in today’s fast pace world where it is easier to just buy a kit. Understanding the land helps to learn the basketry process. Using basket making to teach both science and math is such a great hands-on way to learn. My work has been on exhibit throughout the US and Canada including displays at the National Museum of the American Indians in Washington DC, Mc Cord Museum and Botanical Garden in Montreal, the University of Vermont and New Hampshire, some of my baskets were part of a three year tour with Honor the Earth Impacted Nations visiting, NYC, Minneapolis, Santa Fe, Portland, Chicago and more. My daily fee is $500. plus expenses. Please contact me if you have questions.

Find Me On …

Additional Links: 
WCAX - Made In Vermont
The Vermont Eugenics Survey- Vermont Center for Reasearch
Vermont Governor's Institute for Art
Vermont Performance Lab with Emily Johnson

I Have Worked With

  • September 2007

    Exhibit and workshops, Deconstructing Stereotypes and Bias in Native American Children's literature and Culturally apropriate art activities. 

  • July 2007

    i taught workshops on "How to tell the Difference" a workshop on understanding bias and stereotypes in Native American Children's literature. These workshops were week long and scattered throughout Montana for five different weeks. 

  • January 2006

    Oyate is a Native Organization that reviews children's literature for stereotypes and bias. I have been a trainer for Oyate since 1999, helping teachers to understand and identify culturally appropriate books and art to use with their students. Working with a wide range of educators, librarians, classsroom teachers, special educators, and para professionals in many different states and provinces we have waded through inappropirate and appropriate books to determine their usefulness and how we can learn from them..  


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Teaching Artist
Mailing Address: 
273 Old Stage Road
Essex Junction, VT 05452
Physical Address: 
273 Old Stage Road
Essex Junction, VT 05452
Last Name: 


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - Anthropology
Humanities - Art History & Criticism
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Humanities - History
Humanities - Literature
Humanities - Science
Literary Arts- Fiction
Visual/Crafts - Basket Weaving
Visual/Crafts - General
Visual/Crafts - Fiber
Visual/Crafts - Jewelry
Visual/Crafts - Sculpture
Visual/Crafts - Wood / Bark
Populations Served: 
General Public
Immigrant Populations
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Individual Non-Artists
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Preservation / Conservation
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Vermont Governor's Heritage Award for Outstanding Educator
Essex Educators Association Friend of Education Award
American Masterpiece Artist Award
Recognition as a Master Basketmaker from the Vermont Folklife Center
Recognition as a Juried Professional Basketmaker and Educator from the Vermont Council of the Arts
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Vermont Education Roster

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
Accessible website and/or multimedia for people with sensory disabilities

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
Either access to the outdoors or electricity
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: 
State of Residence: 
Minimum Number of Performers: 

I am a Teaching Artist

Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Mathematics
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: