We invite you to join us in reading some new amazing work by Wabanaki authors including Our Beloved Kin A New History of King Philips War (Yale University Press)by Lisa Brooks, Sacred Instructions by Sherri Mitchell (North Atlantic Books), Savage Kin Indigenous Informants And American Anthropologists by Margaret M. Bruchac.(University of Arizona Press) and Speaking Of Indigenous Politics; Conversations With Activists, Scholars and Tribal Leaders by J. Kehaulani Kauanui (University of Minnesota Press)
We just finished this history book and we ask how could a history book be a “page turner”? So interesting its hard to put down and so full of relationships with place and relatives and cycles of life. Maybe its because we live in this area known as N’Dakinna so rich in Wabanaki history or is it the interesting way the research is presented? or is it because there is a great emphasis of the respect the original peoples had for their women and yes, it must also be the style of writing Lisa Brooks gifts us with. Whatever you conclude you will not be disappointed. Yes, the horrific is true but we know the alnabok (the people from the dawnland) have survived and continue a relationship to all life.
Today the languages are being revitalized and celebrations of the natural cycles of Mother Earth are taking place. One can only feel gratitude for the peoples survival after reading the truth of this history. We can feel a deeper understanding of the trauma experienced by the ancestors but also respect the determination of the descendants to acknowledge the loss and treachery and move towards healing with Intertribal remembrances like canoe trips and other celebrations.
Reading “Our Beloved Kin” is experiencing a true story about domination and land theft in a country that continues to practice domination and stealing from the original peoples. Send in your questions for Lisa Brooks, professor at Amherst University, for our radio interview later this fall or join us on air at WRUV FM Burlington. email@example.com
All week the syndicated Moccasin Tracks show is being rebroadcast featuring an interview with Elnu Abenaki citizen, Melody Walker Brook on Moccasin Tracks. After just recording the TedxStowe, Melody shared a little of that experience and news from other members of Elnu Abenaki Tribe. It always encouraging and inspiring to talk to Melody and the conversation from that radio broadcast can be heard here: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/radiowithdeb4/episodes/2018-04-25T13_33_49-07_00
The Ted Talk can be watched here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFSRiQ2h6NY
Also included in the syndicated Moccasin Tracks show is a story told by Carolyn Black Hunt (NH Abenaki) called Grizzley and Black Bear. Listen here: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/radiowithdeb4/episodes/2018-04-25T13_58_53-07_00 We are working on another audio edit of Carolyn from a film project that can be seen here:
Celebrating Living Culture on Moccasin Tracks continues and this week we talked to Perry Ground, Haudenosaunee storyteller and Water Protector Grandmother Carole Bubar-Blodgett we will write about them next time! You can find links on the facebook page for Moccasin Tracks.
One last effort being made that i wanted to share and that is for broadcaster and host of First Voices Radio, Tiokasin Ghosthorse. He is selling tee shirts to keep doing radio. Support here:
This one is for Tiokasin… it helps.
WE THANK THEREFORE WE ARE
THE LAND REMEMBERS
SILENCE IS THE GREATEST CEREMONY
We always appreciate First Voices Radio and rebroadcasting.
We enjoyed the weekend recording and videoing this wonderful Spiritual Retreat, hosted at the Northwoods Stewardship Center. We are honored to share with you this archive video; 2018 Introduction To Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J3PiTTXTKQ&t=99s
2018 Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project Video Recording With Moccasin Tracks
Thank-you to the organizers and participants for allowing us to record and video this event. Its been over 3 years in the planning and this years retreat was a follow-up to the 2017 gathering. Please read about the ongoing efforts by the organizing committee below. Thank-you to Carol Billings McGranaghan for posting.
“ Abenaki People are the original inhabitants in Vermont and have lived in these green hills for 10,000 to 12,000 years. They stayed unacknowledged or facing discrimination after colonization. For several recent generations, Abenaki People in Vermont and New Hampshire have been forced to abandon or hide their own language, customs and even their ethnic identity in order to survive within an overwhelming euro-American dominant society. The result has been a general loss of language, of culturally specific knowledge and values, and of a positive identity.
Because of the eugenics era in the first half of the twentieth century, people of Abenaki heritage were forced let go of cultural ways and hide in plain sight to protect themselves and their children from forced sterilization and institutionalization.
This project aims to reverse that process and promote healing and cultural restoration in the greater Abenaki community.Cultural Regeneration is an urgent need. One’s sense of identity is fundamental to learn in school as well as for socially healthy function. Recent history in Abenaki families has generally been negative in terms of social feedback and the stereo types have not been adequately countered by positive experiences directly related to ethnic identity. As an individual learns about the history and language of her/his grandparents, it generates deeper feelings of belonging within the culture. As an individual learns a few basic, culturally specific lifestyle skills and spiritual practices, a profound grasp of certain values is awakened. These values are directly related to one’s relationship to the environment, to the Great Web of Life, to each other in community, and to oneself as a culture-bearer. Awakening an ancient culturally-based perspective of relationship to the environment can be a life-changing, culturally affirmative, experience. Primary Abenaki values of generosity and sharing, of self-reliance, respect for Elders, the sacredness of plant medicines, the living Earth and elemental Powers, and the teachings carried by animals – all these provide strong guidance for negotiating one’s way through a materialistic society.
I would also like to share the background on the project and what has been accomplished so far.
This project was started 3 years ago by Carol Irons, a member of the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs. It is in State statute that the Commission cannot receive State money for any projects, but Commissioners can raise money through other means. Carol sent letters to several foundations but only received a small grant from one. She raised some additional money through private donations.
Last June (2 years into the project) Carol arranged to have a week-long retreat at the Northwoods Stewardship in East Charleston, Vermont. There were 7 adult Abenaki participants and 7 teachers. This was to give a basic overview of different cultural areas and included language, history, spiritual, woods lore, plant lore, flint knapping, and fire making. The goal was to “teach the teachers” so that we could go back to our communities and share what we had learned. I was a participant and can truly say it was a life changing experience for me. With the one foundation grant we received (too late to use for the week-long retreat as it had already taken place) – we were able to have a 3 day followup session for the original 7 participants in March, 2018.
I am now the Vice-Chair of the Vermont Commission of Native American Affairs and since last September I have been helping Carol to continue the project. Our goal was to have another week-long retreat this year with new Abenaki participants. Unfortunately we have not gotten funds from any of the different foundations we contacted and have not been able to raise funds from other sources. Thus our attempt at using GoFundMe.
At this point without the funding in place, we will not be able hire teachers, reserve the space, and buy educational materials in time to do a retreat this year. We will use whatever we can raise to fund a retreat next year… giving us time to work out the logistics of hiring teachers, etc.
I hope this background is helpful and I thank you for your time and consideration. “
“With organizers from the Vermont Commission On Native American Affairs and support from the Northwoods Stewardship Center, Abenaki participants were hosted at the Northwoods and were gifted these Basic Teachings with Abenaki Elder Carol Irons. These teachings are basic understandings as many adults and youth are returning to learn these teachings and adapt to their lives. Included in this video are Basic Sacred Pipe Teachings, Smudging, Medicine Bags and Bundles and Energy Fields. Moccasin Tracks was invited by the organizers to archive this weekend event. Thank-you to participants for allowing the filming. Special thanks to the Northwoods Stewardship Center for hosting. And special thanks to the Vermont Commission On Native American Affairs for organizing, oversight and teachings. This project was privately funded with help from foundations and individuals. There is an ongoing fund raising effort to continue this project. We will be posting the next video soon on more teachings including introduction to sweat lodge, drum and power animals. Moccasin Tracks is currently heard on community and student radio at University of Vermont, WRUV FM Burlington. Find more info about our work on facebook.com/MoccasinTracks also check out website : http://www.vcnaa.vermont.gov for information about the Vermont Commission On Native American Affairs
At the Northwoods Stewardship Center in East Charleston Vermont, Moccasin Tracks was honored to spend the weekend with this group from the Abenaki Nation of Vermont to record and video some of the “Basic Teachings”. In these pictures the group is making deer hide rattles. In the coming weeks we will be sharing more pictures and video.Big thanks to the Vermont Commission On Native American Affairs for sponsoring and continuing to support Living Culture!
Abenaki Nation Participants in the March 16-18 2018 gathering. Thank-you!
Commissioner Andrea Brett
Commissioner Carol McGranaghan
Chief Eugene Rich
Commissioner Carol Irons
Kerry Royce Wood
Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project Postscript By Request
For the purpose of this article “Vermont Abenaki Nation” or “Abenaki Nation of Vermont” means the group or individual living in the so-called colonial state known as Vermont and since the sponsors, Vermont Commission On Native American Affairs, recognizes all indigenous Nations and serves the state recognized Abenaki Tribes and Bands and those not recognized, registered or enrolled, we at Moccasin Tracks mean all individuals that identify Abenaki as “Vermont Abenaki Nation” etc. with respect to all.
We are honored to talk to the Grandmothers and Youth at the Treaty Truckhouse this week on Moccasin Tracks and share the link here:
The women Water Protectors gift us with an update and description of their camp and the Treaty Truck House along the banks of the Shubenacadie River in Nova Scotia. The Sipekne’katik First Nation has not been consulted for the Alton Gas Project which the women tell us is part of a much bigger corporate interest which includes all of Wabanaki territory. more info can be found at :www.stopaltongas.wordpress.com firstname.lastname@example.org
We want to share again the interview with the Wolastaq Grandmothers at their Cultural Camp to bring awareness to the Sisson Mining Project on their traditional territory. Listen here:
From the radio broadcast “Holding Space” on January 13, 2018 we want to share audio and video links. Here is Chief Eugene Rich and RoseMary Wereley: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/wpcrmoccasintracks/episodes/2018-01-17T07_15_45-08_00
Some of the broadcast:
A video filmed by Moccasin Tracks to broadcast on http://www.orcamedia.net
A little clip of Peter Mayhew Band..who dedicates his album to Mother Earth (Come To Your Senses)
How The People Got Maple Syrup as told by Carolyn Black Hunt
We are honored to rebroadcast this story and send healing energy to the Laughing Couple as Carolyn continues to recover this ending of winter time 2018.
From earlier in this winter we recorded this talk by Indigenous filmmaker Fidel Moreno who was screening Gathering Our Hearts At Standing Rock and continues to tour with Water Protectors and the film. Listen here to his presentation recorded by Moccasin Tracks:
Update from Fidel Moreno:
From Fidel Moreno: I am purchasing a 2003 Ford 15 passenger van from a friend, Lelsie Flood
of Flood Interiors In Millerton, NY for 1,250.00 to travel to Southwest by
Southwest film and music festival as our Standing Rock is an official
entry and waiting on final confirmation to see if we got on a screening
I am traveling with some folks from eartdance ( 4 ) and 3 water
protectors/musicians to perform free concerts with our Standing Rock
screenings. We hope share and amplify the message that PIPELINES ARE NOT
HEALTHY AND POSITIVE OPTIONS FOR OUR PLANET AND WATER SOURCES ACROSS THIS
COUNTRY. There is a huge Kinder Morgan pipeline project going on at Big
bend in Texas and Texas is where LOTS OF FRACKING IS HAPPENING AT AN
We are also going to use van for transporting youth and students from both
Pioneer Valley, Bennington Vt and Pittsfield school districts to our youth
empowerment activities and programs in the Spring, Summer and Fall of
We are short 250.00 and would appreciate any contribution towards making
this van purchase a reality. You can contact me and I will pick up a check
or cash or you can make donation by way of paypal, Email:
email@example.com to make paypal contribution. please email or
call and let me know “how much” and when you make that
You may also send a donation for gas to travel to Austin and back by
contacting Larry Brooksbank, The Abode bookkeeper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Abode of the Message – Sufi Retreat & Conference Center is our fiscal
sponsor and donations are tax deductible for the gas fund donation.
Please also go to http://www.theabode.org and look for Truth and Reconciliation
Retreat with Algonquin elder, Evan Pritchard.
Also look on facebook for Day of the Innocent – Feb. 25th Sunday from 3pm
to 6pm at the Linda ( WAMC’s performance venue ) on Central in Albany
where we are screening WIPING THE TEARS OF 7 GENERATIONS AND HOSTING an
inter-faith panel discussion on Truth, Reconciliation and Healing – An
Indigenous Perspective and an Inter-faith dialogue , a trique Copla
Indigenous dance performance and a 5 all women’s kirtan healing chants
group to conclude our program.
Please come and share with your friends and community.
Fidel Moreno, We Are Earth Protectors Tour Coordinator-2018
Thanks for listening…see you on the radio! Spring semester 2018 we are on air Tuesdays Noon-2PM at 90.1FM and online at wruv.org
From our weekly broadcasts we are honored to be able to feature conversations that bring a perspective to the airwaves that represent a way of life that works for the greater good of Nation and all life, to protect and honor all life, that contains in its everyday life: honoring and respecting Mother Earth, Water and so much more…
Music credits: Rushingwind and Mucklow, Ancient Elements CD, Ceremony of Morning,rushingwindmusic.com and Spirit of Thank-you, Eastern Medicine Singers from the CD Old School Eastern, self-released
In this podcast we introduce Moccasin Tracks and interview with Doug Harris(Deputy Officer for Narragansett Indian Tribe Historic Preservation Office)and attorney for the Narragansett Nation and NITHPO in this effort, Anne Marie Garti. Anne Marie tells us a little about the National Historic Preservation Act and the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) and reads us some of the legal law. It is thru these legal challenges that the Tribal Historic Preservation Offices can protect the “Manitou Has-suk” or spirit stones. Doug tells us how tribes and towns are entering into MOU (memorandum of understanding) to identify religious, cultural ceremonial sites and petition the agencies for protection of these sites. He is working with other Tribes in the East in this effort and invites state recognized tribes to work with them. Doug has submitted definitions of these sites to the National Registry of Historic Places. Doug Harris is a preservationist for ceremonial landscapes. His guidance comes from the Elders of his community and he asks us all to, “let the landscape speak for itself”. An honor to talk with Anne and Doug. Thank-you for listening. ** from Moccasin Tracks broadcast on Nov 15, 2017 at WRUV FM Burlington.
From the radio show January 13, Holding Space for the Indigenous Voices and Music, we are almost ready to post an hour long video featuring RoseMary Wereley, Dainah Wereley, Black Hawk Singers and Bryan Blanchette…Here is a preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M70o2kbgSj8
another segment with Peter Mayhew and Isaiah Mayhew
Moccasin Tracks was very humbled and honored to talk with Kymelaya Sari. She published this article recently for the weekly newsprint magazine 7 days.
The new broadcast schedule out on the airwaves now with Moccasin Tracks show Tuesdays, Noon-2PM just after classical musics with Laima who is awesome on WRUV FM Burlington, at 90.1FM and wruv.org. check outwww. facebook.com/MoccasinTracks
for announcements and links to posts..more soon