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Wampum Woman

Linda Longtoe Sheehan's speciality is wampum. She is known affectionately as "Wampum Woman."  She started making wampum belts over thirty years ago and passed her knowlege onto countless young people.

Linda  makes wampum belts and jewelry from glass beads, mother of pearl and quahog.  Her beadmaking starts with a quahog shell. She cuts it to size and shapes it.  Then she weaves her wampum belts using braintanned leather that she makes herself.

Linda learned brain tanning from Mark Humpel, who hosts an annual braintanning weekend.  In the winter Linda scrapes the deer hides; soaks them in the braintan solution; stretches and dries the hides; and works them until they are soft. Then she cuts it into long strips. Each hide takes about 50 hours.

She has done demonstrations at museums and historic sites throughout the Northeast and Mid-Altantic States.  Her work was even requested by the Presidents protocal office.

Artist Statement

I have been designing and making wampum belts, wrist bands, necklaces, bracelets and earrings for over 30 years;.  

I work with real Quahog, glass and mother of pearl wampum beads.   My work has been on display at the Institute for American Indian studies and at Johnson Hall  (historic site).

During the winter months,  I also make my own brain tan leather which I use for to weave my belts.  

Although I specialize in wampum,  I also do Traditional finger weaving, eastern center seam moccasins, Quillwork and  I twine.

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I Have Worked With

  • June 2019

    Exhibitor at

    • Contact of Cultures (2009-present)
    • Traditional Sources, Contemporary Visions - Invitational Group Art Exhibit (2014)

    Presenter/Demonstrator at:

    • Annual Native American Weekend (2009 to present)
  • June 2019

    Demonstrator Abenaki Encampment "Jamaica Old Home Days" 2007 - present

  • January 2014

    All My Relations: Faces and Efficies from the Native World - Invitational Group Art Exhibit.  

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Linda Longtoe
Job Title/Position: 
Artist
Mailing Address: 
5243 VT Rte 30
Jamaica, VT 05343
Physical Address: 
5243 VT Rte 30
Jamaica, VT 05343
Last Name: 
Sheehan

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - Jewelry
Additional Disciplines: 
Visual/Crafts - Basket Weaving
Visual/Crafts - Ceramics
Visual/Crafts - Clay
Visual/Crafts - Decorative Arts
Visual/Crafts - Experimental
Visual/Crafts - Fiber
Visual/Crafts - Leather
Visual/Crafts - Metal
Visual/Crafts - Textile Weaving
Visual/Crafts - Wood / Bark
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
LGBTQ Populations
Native American Tribes
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Art Sales
Artist Market
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Exhibitions
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Other
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Vermont Abenaki Artist Association, Juried Artist
Woodland Confederacy

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Design
Visual/Crafts
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors