Join us as we journey through time and witness the lives of people who have lived in this region for the last 11,000 years.
"Great Spirit, let me see the land
as it was
When our Old Ones first came to Wôbanakik.
Call forth the Soubagwa, the Great Sea from the east
to let it fill our valleys with its teeming life.
Awaken the Ktsiawaasak, the great animals
from their resting places beneath our hills.
Let me see all of this so I may share it with
Taken from The Voice of the
by Dr. Frederick M. Wiseman
In honor of Lake Champlain’s Quadricentennial, ECHO Lake
Aquarium and Science Center presents: INDIGENOUS EXPRESSIONS:
Native Peoples of the Lake Champlain Basin. Through hands on
exhibits, live species, a Contemporary Portrait Gallery,
speaker’s series, film screenings, and artifacts, see how our
Native neighbors’ connections and adaptations to the land allow
them to thrive in the Lake Champlain Basin.
This exhibit was built in collaboration with a variety of
scholars and experts, featuring Smithsonian Institution
Archeologist and Anthropologist Stephen Loring and Abenaki
Historian Frederick Wiseman. Explore the multifaceted
human-landscape connections that go back thousands of years,
from the Paleoindians of the last Ice Age to the Abenaki and
Mohawk of today.
Experience eclectically integrated exhibits throughout the
entire facility, from touchable artifacts to live American eels.
View a collection by acclaimed photographer Ned Castle, along
with various screenings of the film “Before the Lake was
Champlain” by Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Ted Timreck.
INDIGENOUS EXPRESSIONS offers elements for every age and
interest, and aims to present a Native perspective not often
The Medicine Man, by Jesse Bowman Bruchac, as heard in our TV
ad, features the obscure Northeast Woodlands-style block end
whistle, also known as a spruce flute. Listen to the full song
below, and find more information on Jesse and his body of work