Land Acknowledgement

We want to acknowledge that Bread Loaf Mountain Monastery sits on the unceded
traditional lands of the Abenaki Nation, a tribe of the Wabanaki Confederacy that includes
Elnu Abenaki in Southern Vermont, the Nulhegan-Memphramagog Band of the Coosuk in the
Northeast Kingdom, Abenaki Missisquoi of Swanton, and the Koasek Abenaki of the Ndakinna
territory of Vermont. We ask you to join us in acknowledging the Abenaki community, their
elders both past and present, as well as future generations. Bread Loaf Mountain Zen
Community also acknowledges that, as an organization in the United States, it was founded
upon exclusions and erasures of many Indigenous peoples and their spiritual traditions,
including those on whose sacred lands we use for our own spiritual practices and
development. This acknowledgement demonstrates a commitment to beginning the process
of working to dismantle the ongoing legacies of settler colonialism here in Vermont – the
place the Abenaki Nation calls the Dawnland. Thank you.

Indigenous History of the Champlain Valley