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.