Moccasin Tracks: Links To Podcasts, Updates and Book Reviews

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Original Thinking A Radical ReVisioning of Time, Humanity, and Nature by Glenn Aparicio Parry

Now available at the University of Vermont Library! With the slim sliver of a moon against the dark we are moving with the light and giving thanks. In a curious state of mind there are questions and as we read thru Glenn’s book, “Original Thinking”, we are moving with his questions that pepper the book throughout and appreciation for his writing and teaching.

Glenn Aparicio Parry shares stories from cultures that point to a cognitive way of thinking that gives voice to Traditional Knowledge (AKA Wisdom) of the original peoples.

From the Living Cultures of today he shares his empirical knowledge and gifts us with the academia research that authenticates.

Yes! read the book and reach out to all dimensions that we exist with and especially reach out to Mother Earth for a deeper understanding.

 

Reflections and Mirrors

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(also my homework assignment)
Reflections and random observations

On my way to school, which incidentally can be a challenging task as an older adult, there was ample
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opportunity to reflect and really see reflections. There was in the mirror all that surrounded me like the mountains and sky and the standing silent ones and there flew a hawk. It really is a fine tune (i.e.: music) for the heart filled with gratitude. Then the car mirror flew off and left was the dark blank frame, a hole surrounded by life spirit of the mountains, sky, clouds and all manner of standing silent Nations.

Our conversation around the topic “Sacred Politics” started with a way of seeing or knowing being explained by author, educator Eco-psycologist, Glenn Aparicio Parry, as part of the relationship original peoples had with their environment. He says the Wisdom of these peoples can be reflected with the continuous cognitive ways and relationships that are still practiced today. Traditional peoples still practice ceremony and have reverence for the spirit of all life. What we talked about was being keen observer, also our first assignment for Documentary Film Making class….go observe before filming.

This is an audio experience, its live radio broadcasting from the center of campus to the center of listeners hearts. First music with Redhawk Woman followed by interview with Glenn Aparicio Parry.

Listen here: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/radiowithdeb2/episodes/2017-09-28T09_51_18-07_00

So i thought about the mirror and will glue one on there but as a human being or a filmmaker i want to remember to see what is not seen on this dimension, in the mirror, but perhaps appealing to something else not an argument but rather intuition or a reflection.

We continued the conversation because the Grandmothers are always reflecting the old ways in each crystal they plant activates others to reflect light and move with healing energy and kindness and peace. With Founder of Grandmothers Circle The Earth, Susan Kaiulani Stanton, we talked while the Elders reveled in their journey thru the mountain along the shores of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Listen here to our conversation: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/radiowithdeb2/episodes/2017-09-28T10_35_52-07_00

Next week i will look at the prompts for writing a reflection, but look for an old school book report on “Original Thinking A Radical ReVisioning of Time, Humanity, and Nature” by Glenn Aparicio Parry too.

Interview with Steven Rushingwind: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/radiowithdeb2/episodes/2017-09-28T11_08_55-07_00

Music and interview with Steven Rushingwind from the award winning CD, Fuego by Steven Rushingwind and the Native Groove we hear Fuego,

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Tambor De La Noche and Danza Del Corazon Steven Rushingwind announces a new Cd being released later in October, 2017. He also tells us about his tour of Japan and later more touring with his group Steven Rushingwind and The Native Groove including stops in Florida. With his final words of the interview Steven shares his heart. It is always fun to catch up with Steven Rushingwind who encourages us to feel the healing in playing music.

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Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project 2017

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Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project 2017
Links To Archives And Audio Collected With Moccasin Tracks

Living Culture, is how we describe the original peoples, a cognitive way of thinking and being in relationship. We are deeply in appreciation of the renaissance of Abenaki Culture and Wabanaki traditions in music, art, language and way of life that we witness and sometimes have the opportunity to record or video in this land called N’Dakinna. We say thank-you to the original peoples, the Vermont Abenaki Nation for gifting us with this opportunity and in turn we gift the viewers and listeners with this glimpse of Abenaki Living Culture.

Each of the Bands and Tribes are practicing a revitalization and this is just a small glimpse into this Nation. We are learning allyship and Moccasin Tracks uses community access radio and TV to give the voices and stories of the original peoples air time. We especially want to thank Vermont Commission On Native American Affairs, Northland Stewardship Center, all the participants and presenters and special thanks to Carol Irons for making this happen.

Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project 2017
description by Carol Irons

“The Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs is sponsoring a camp experience for interested Abenaki adults to grow their learning in traditional ways. It is called the Abenaki Cultural regeneration Project and will run for a week beginning on June 4, 2017. This camp is being run in collaboration with the Northwoods Stewardship Center in East Charleston, Vermont.

In the long view a recovery of cultural knowledge and identity has tremendous potential for many applications in the lives of contemporary Abenaki society. Returning cultural knowledge to all persons of Vermont Abenaki heritage is vitally important for identity, for strengthening healthy life skills and to preserve our special culture for future generations of Abenaki. The result of these efforts, especially on the younger generation of Abenaki is expected to provide tribal members a sense of pride and a deeper knowledge, a clear sense of identity and a stronger value system from which to draw upon in their lives.

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Links To Presentations

In this movie Evan Pritchard (Micmac) shares basic Native American Sign Language and gifts us with teachings from the many Elders he has studied with. He gifts us with song, stories and traditional ways and lifeways that embrace Algonquin Traditions. http://www.algonquinculture.org

Filming by Moccasin Tracks with photography added by Kerry Royce Wood. In this episode Evan Pritchard (Micmac) is presenting spiritual teachings and the group plays Hand Games or Stick Game and learns songs and more Native American Sign. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkUDwWesRGI

In this video, Moccasin Tracks continues with a presentation by Evan Pritchard, at the Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project held June 4-10 , 2017. Evan Pritchard, ” a descendant of the Micmac people (part of the Algonquin nations) is the founder of The Center for Algonquin Culture, and is currently Professor of Native American history at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he also teaches ethics and philosophy. He is the author of Native New Yorkers, The Legacy of the Algonquin People of New York. He is also the author of the widely praised No Word For Time, the Way of the Algonquin People, and many other books, including an Algonkian language series.” http://algonquinculture.org/ In this presentation, the participants pick a Bird Medicine Card and Evan leads with song, interpretation and discussion. Stories about Bird Medicine and songs are shared. The Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs sponsored this event and the Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project will continue with more workshops in the planning for 2018. More info at: http://www.vcnaa.vermont.gov The commission will begin meeting monthly in September, 2017.

Dr Mariella Squire presented Language and Cultural Abenaki History at the Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project 2017. This was filmed by Moccasin Tracks at the Northwoods Stewardship Center in Northeast Vermont. Prepared for community TV broadcast this presentation gifts the viewers with a glimpse of the topics covered in this adult camp for these future teachers. Dr Mariella Squire is a professor at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. We include songs and photographs by Kerry Royce Wood (Abenaki Basketmaker and participant). Thank-you for supporting the Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project.
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From the Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project 2017, Moccasin Tracks recorded this Abenaki Language class with Dr Mariella Squire. Language was just one of the many workshops held at the Northwoods Stewardship Center during this week long camp for adults. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqsBPe-j96o

Red Martin shares his skills of firemaking with a bow drill to the students at Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project Camp. Big thanks to Red Martin for sharing. During the Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project Red Martin joined the group bringing kits for all the Abenaki students to take home and practice firemaking. In this video Red Martin shows us how to use the tools in the kit for firemaking. This was just one of the many workshops experienced by the group during the week long camp at the Northwoods Stewardship Center. The Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project was held June 4-10 and was sponsored by the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs. Moccasin Tracks was able to record and video and grateful for the experience. Thank-you to Kerry Royce Wood for sharing pictures and all the participants. Special thanks to Carol Irons and family for the support. And thank-you for your interest in Living Abenaki Culture. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aV4jttB4v4g

Audio Links

Recorded at the Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project by Moccasin Tracks with Brian LaPierre (Abenaki) and Jo Hamlin. Plant Lore
https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/radiowithdeb7/episodes/2017-06-28T09_10_07-07_00

During the Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project 2017, Moccasin Tracks recorded this segment of an evening presentation with Evan Pritchard. He is speaking to sending prayers thru song and animal helpers to the “Creator” or Manitou and teaching the group this song for the Eagle. This event was part of the week long camp for adults sponsored by the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs (vcnaa.vermont.gov) special thanks to Carol Irons more info on Evan Pritchard’s website about his work http://www.algonquinculture.org
https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/radiowithdeb7/episodes/2017-06-24T15_34_40-07_00

Intro To Wildcrafting with Jo Hamlin
https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/podcast46833/episodes/2017-07-15T02_30_39-07_00

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Protecting Sacred Sites: A Conversation On Moccasin Tracks

This month a nesting Blue Heron stopped the construction on a pipeline project in Western Massuchusetts. We give thanks for his opportunity to appreciate the man in charge who’s consciousness put life first even for this brief nesting cycle and we applaud the Blue Heron gifting us with story and lessons of life.

Does a pipeline construction project have the right to desecrate Sacred Sites when a Nation with relationship to treaties and Federal Status ask for their most Sacred Sites to be protected and preserved? Who will stand with those peoples to Defend and Respect?

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In this interview on Moccasin Tracks, we talk to Deputy Officer for the Narragansett Indian Tribe Historic Preservation Office and Anne Marie Garti, attorney representing the Narraganset in this case. We learn about the National Historic Preservation Act that gives the Narragansett Tribe the right to protect their most sacred sites, Ceremonial Stone Landscapes (CSL).

It is humbling to try to think with a consciousness that prioritizes these messages the ancient ones left within these CSLs.

Doug also reminds us of a time when all the Nations in the Northeast US of today and beyond would gather at Gloosap’s Cave for month long ceremonies.

Thank-you for supporting the Original People’s and upholding your part in Peace with Mother Earth and thank-you to the cousins of the Abenaki Nation, the Narragansett Indian Tribe for their continued effort to protect the Ceremonial Stone Landscape on their traditional territory.

Listen here: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/radiowithdeb5/episodes/2017-06-15T05_19_47-07_00 intro music is from the CD Fuerto with Steven Rushingwind and the Native Groove and the song is called Corazon del Amour from el Cerrito Records and stevenrushingwind.com

From Attorney Anne Marie Garti
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20170510-5019

Motion to Intervene:
https://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20170410-5037

Request for one-day extension:
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20170410-5040

Answer in Opposition to the Requests for a Notice to Proceed with Construction
http://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20170412-5079

 

Doug-HarrisDoug Harris, Deputy Officer for Narragansett Tribal Historic Preservation Office.

Request for Rehearing:
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20170510-5019

Environmental Justice and Nuclear Waste: From New England To Texas

nuclear-waste-1471361Moccasin Tracks recorded the Tour (From New England to Texas Environmental Justice and Nuclear Waste)  presentations in so-called Brattleboro, Vermont May 6, 2017.  The presenters Rose Gardner, Kevin Kamps and Deb Katz.  Follow the links below to listen to the presentations.  Thank-you to everyone for supporting this tour and the work of these grassroots organizations.

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https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/moccasintracksradio/episodes/2017-05-19T05_34_05-07_00  (presentation by Deb Katz)

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/moccasintracksradio/episodes/2017-05-19T05_14_28-07_00   In this podcast  Kevin Kamps speaks to nuclear waste.

Rose Gardner speaks here:    https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/moccasintracksradio/episodes/2017-05-19T04_40_19-07_00

Thank-you for your presentations and to everyone who keeps us informed on this critical issue that will need good minds together to solve.

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Phanem-anon Celebrating Indigenous Women and Leadership Recordings

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“Indigenous communities across the world have struggled to adjust and deal with the negative effects of colonialism. We are faced with the destruction of our identities and traditional ways of being, while at the same time we weigh the costs and gains of our continuously changing world. Who has what it takes to lead our communities in their pursuit of survival? We invite the Dartmouth community and the public to join in conversation with the four presenters on four major issues in Indian Country (and beyond)– DAPL, the Keystone XL Pipeline, Indigenous gender issues, treaty rights, history, and UNDRIP for international indigenous peoples, and Indigenous Women in politics. Please join the Native American community at Dartmouth in welcoming these extraordinary women, while engaging in opportunities to bring awareness of prominent indigenous issues.”

Sponsored by: Native American Studies Program, Office of the Provost, Environmental Studies Department, the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, the Office of Sustainability, Porter Family Fund for Sustainability in the Curriculum, Office of Residential Life and the Living Learning Communities, Native American Program, and the First Year Student Enrichment Program.

With permission Moccasin Tracks recorded this presentation for community radio rebroadcast. Thank-you! This program was designed and organized by the students at Dartmouth College Native American Studies Program.

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/moccasintracks/episodes/2017-05-08T10_54_19-07_00  (listen here to Dr. Jennifer Denetdale)

Indigenous Leadership and Gender in the 21st Century Jennifer Nez Denetdale (Diné) is a historian and scholar of Indigenous Studies, she specializes in theories of colonization and decolonization, Native women & feminisms, and critical Indigenous Studies. She is an associate professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico. This is the first speaker of the conference Phanem-anon: Celebrating Indigenous Women and Leadership organized by the Native American students at the Dartmouth College Native American Studies Program. Professor Denetdale is the author of Reclaiming Diné History: The Legacies of Chief Manuelito and Juanita (Univ. of Ariz. Press, 2007), two Navajo histories for young adults, and numerous articles and essays. She has been recognized for her scholarship and service to her nation and community with several awards. Micah Daniels (Dine) introduces Professor Denetdale and shares a little of the background of this project and the inspiration to organize this conference with her fellow students. Thank-you to the students and presenters for allowing Moccasin Tracks to record!!
https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/moccasintracks/episodes/2017-05-08T11_32_50-07_00  “Listen here to Millilani Trask”DSCF3834In this podcast Moccasin Tracks recorded Mililani Trask (Kanaka Maoli) who speaks to Women’s Involvement in Hawaiian Politics. She is introduced by Kalaeola’a Trask-Sharpe, a student and organizer of this event with other students of the Dartmouth College Native American Studies Program. Mililani Trask (Kanaka Oiwi) is a Native Hawaiian political speaker, attorney, and champion of indigenous and human rights. During the Hawaiian sovereignty movement in the 1980s, Trask founded Ka Lahui Hawaii, a Native Hawaiian initiative for self governance. She worked as a diplomat and has testified multiple times at the United Nations, advocating for the passage of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. She remains prominent in Native Hawaiian politics, and currently serves as an advisor to Innovations Development Group, a firm focused on bringing clean, renewable, energy to Hawaiian
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The next speaker is Ellen Gabriel.  Listen Here:
On the second day of the conference Phanem-anon Celebrating Indigenous Women and Leadership, Ellen Gabriel from Kanehsatà:ke (Mohawk Nation) gifts us with this presentation. From the Environmental Studies at Dartmouth, “Ellen Gabriel (Mohawk) is revered for her work as an activist in defending the individual and collective rights of aboriginal people in Canada. Gabriel is most known for her involvement in the dispute between the People of the Longhouse, her community (Kanehsatà:ke) and the Canadian government; when she was chosen to be the official spokesperson during the 1990 Oka Crisis. Gabriel has travelled internationally to Japan, France, Holland, and Strasbourg to educate people about indigenous human rights. She has also participated at various international forums and negotiations.” This event was organized by the Dartmouth College students from Native American Studies Program. Thank-you for allowing Moccasin Tracks to record for community radio!
DSCF3844DSCF3846DSCF3846 copy Winona LaDuke speaking on Indigenous Women and the Environment: DAPL and Keystone XL ..this is part 1 of Winona’s talk. Winona LaDuke (Ojibwe) is a well known environmentalist, economist, writer, and leader. She founded the White Earth Land Recovery Project in 1989, focused on buying back traditional lands from non-Natives for indigenous sustainable development. In 1993, she founded Honor The Earth, an organization which seeks to create awareness and support for indigenous environmental issues, Native development, art, and policy. Honor The Earth and LaDuke were centrally involved at Standing Rock, using media to garner large support against the Dakota Access Pipeline.Listen Here:https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/moccasintracks/episodes/2017-05-08T11_54_18-07_00
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Thank-you!!

Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project

The Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs is sponsoring a camp experience for interested Abenaki adults to grow their learning in traditional ways. It is called the Abenaki Cultural regeneration Project and will run for a week beginning on June 4, 2017. This camp is being run in collaboration with the Northwoods Stewardship Center in East Charleston, Vermont.

In the long view a recovery of cultural knowledge and identity has tremendous potential for many applications in the lives of contemporary Abenaki society. Returning cultural knowledge to all persons of Vermont Abenaki heritage is vitally important for identity, for strengthening healthy life skills and to preserve our special culture for future generations of Abenaki. The result of these efforts, especially on the younger generation of Abenaki is expected to provide tribal members a sense of pride and a deeper knowledge, a clear sense of identity and a stronger value system from which to draw upon in their lives.

We plan to include instruction/practice in woods lore, plantlore, spiritual practices, history and language.

If you are interested in joining the camp and are willing to share what you learn with younger members of your tribe fill out the application.

Carol Irons
PO Box 298
Albany, Vt 05820

info and questions 802-755-6143
or email: PCFMVU@gmail.com

***posted here by request of committee member and Commissioner, Carol Irons***
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Traditional Abenaki Ash Baskets and Apprenticing with Master Artist

A Conversation With Kerry Wood and Aaron Wood On Moccasin Tracks Feb 23, 2017

We are delighted to have had an opportunity to talk with Kerry Wood and her son Aaron Wood about making baskets with traditional Abenaki techniques and values.  Both apprenticed with Master Artist Jeanne Brink and the Vermont Folklife Center Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program.  Aron shares a bit about harvesting and preparing to weave the basket which he says is about 90% of the work!  dscf3769DSCF3766.JPG

Kerry tells us about the fancy work on this basket and tells us about the baskets her Great Grandmother Elvine Obomsawin and family made for their livlihood.  She says there was a time they got 5 cents for a basket!dscf3762DSCF3768.JPG

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/radiowithdeb8/episodes/2017-02-25T08_52_09-08_00  Listen to our conversation from the live broadcast on WRUV FM Burlington.  DSCF3770.JPG

Join the Abenaki Artists Association and Lake Champlain Maritime Museum for Abenaki Heritage Weekend, June 25-26, 2017.