Vermont
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Vera Longtoe Sheehan

Vera Longtoe Sheehan has lectured and exhibited her work both nationally and internationally. She preserves the tradition her ancestors -- the last known Native American New England family making twined, plant-fiber creations. Her father taught her the proper ways to harvest and process plants to make cordage, and then to use that cordage to make her distinctive twined bags, baskets and textiles.

Today Vera combines family tradition with knowledge of Wabanaki culture to create her one of a kind twined art that is both contemporary and ancient at the same time. Each innovative handmade object takes hours, days, weeks or even months of complex weaving and knotting to complete. Vera is committed to teaching her two children to twine, so that this endangered art form endures.

For almost twenty Vera has combined her Indigenous Vermont heritage, her knowledge of regional history, and a passion for artistic creation, in offering programs for schools, and museums. Her twined bags, baskets and textiles reside in museum and private collections and can be seen in films and literature.

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Documents the process of making a milkweed bag for the "Abenaki Ethnobotany Project.".

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Vera
Job Title/Position: 
Artist
Mailing Address: 
PO Box 891
Putney, VT 05346
Physical Address: 
Westminster, VT 05346
Last Name: 
Longtoe Sheehan
Phone: 
(802) 579-0049

I am a Native American Artist

Native Heritage Designation: 
Native American
Tribal Status: 
State Recognized
Tribe Name: 
Elnu Abenaki Tribe

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - Textile Weaving
Additional Disciplines: 
Visual/Crafts - Basket Weaving
Visual/Crafts - Fiber
Populations Served: 
Adults
Families
General Public
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Artist Market
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Exhibitions
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Vermont Abenaki Artists Association
Hand Weavers Guild of America
Textile Society of America

I am a Touring Artist

I am a Teaching Artist

Ages Served: 
High School-age
College-Age
Adults