2018 Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project

DSCF4442We have recently posted Part 3 of this series and wanted to again share this wonderful project from the Committee on the Vermont Commission On Native American Affairs.(www.vcnaa.vermont.gov) Here is the link to Part 3 from the recording and videoing by Moccasin Tracks producer, Deb Reger.  please write to us at wruv.moccasintracks@gamil.com

 

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.
https://www.gofundme.com/abenaki-revitalization-project

Summary Overview:

“ 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. “

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“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

 

 

 

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Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project

DSCF4444At 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.DSCF4443DSCF4442.jpgBig thanks to the Vermont Commission On Native American Affairs for sponsoring and continuing to support Living Culture!DSCF4477.jpgDSCF4459.jpgDSCF4457.jpgDSCF4482.jpg

Abenaki Nation Participants in the March 16-18 2018 gathering.  Thank-you!

Commissioner Andrea Brett

Commissioner Carol McGranaghan

Lisa Plourde

Chief Eugene Rich

George Larabee

Commissioner Carol Irons

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Following Original Instructions and Language; Links to Moccasin Tracks’ Interviews at The Treaty Truckhouse, Wolastaq Grandmothers, Holding Space and Updates from Filmmaker Fidel Moreno

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We are honored to talk to the Grandmothers and Youth at the Treaty Truckhouse this week on Moccasin Tracks and share the link here:
https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/moccasintracksradio/episodes/2018-02-21T08_32_29-08_00

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 treatytruckhouse@gmail.com

21828440_1498650574.1039We 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:
https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/moccasintracksradio/episodes/2017-11-24T07_39_56-08_00

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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:
https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/wpcrmoccasintracks/episodes/2018-01-17T04_46_03-08_00

A video filmed by Moccasin Tracks to broadcast on http://www.orcamedia.net
watch here:
https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=XMLNwUoTDBE

A little clip of Peter Mayhew Band..who dedicates his album to Mother Earth (Come To Your Senses)
https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=QsZErM9qj_Q

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How The People Got Maple Syrup as told by Carolyn Black Hunt
https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/radiowithdeb/episodes/2016-03-25T10_20_41-07_00
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:
https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/moccasintrackswithdeb/episodes/2017-12-10T06_43_44-08_00

and a video: https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=oMUTRbJq62Y

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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
schedule.

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
ALARMING RATE!

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
2018.

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:
generositygrace@gmail.com to make paypal contribution. please email or
call and let me know “how much” and when you make that
transaction/donation.

You may also send a donation for gas to travel to Austin and back by
contacting Larry Brooksbank, The Abode bookkeeper at arap@theabode.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
Cell: 832-777-8081

 

 

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

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Celebrate Living Culture With Moccasin Tracks 2018

DSCF2026From 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…

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/radiowithdeb5/episodes/2017-11-17T02_55_58-08_00

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.

recent update:
http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/01/ferc_rejects_narragansett_trib.html

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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

 

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Moccasin Tracks was very humbled and honored to talk with Kymelaya Sari. She published this article recently for the weekly newsprint magazine 7 days.
https://www.sevendaysvt.com/LiveCulture/archives/2018/02/03/local-radio-show-broadcasts-native-perspectives

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

 

 

Greetings and Gratitude

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Giving Thanks From Moccasin Tracks To You

Some links to listening to recent interviews..we will be back on air Jan 9 (Noon-2PM), Jan 13 (Noon-4PM) Jan 16 (noon-2PM and Jan 23 (noon-2PM)

Its a beauty of a snowstorm and giving thanks for the warmth of a woodstove and shelter. With some awesome presentations close by, Moccasin Tracks has been audio recording and editing for community radio broadcast thru the Pacifica Radio Network. Interviews conducted on Moccasin Tracks live broadcast at WRUV FM have also been posted and we will share those links below.

We wanted to give heartfelt thanks to our community radio stations that rebroadcast the syndicated shows and also big thanks to Onion River Community Access TV for mentoring Moccasin Tracks and broadcasting the stories and news of the original peoples that we produce. thru Vermont Media Network your local cable station can broadcast these programs as well. Go to http://www.orcamedia.net search for Moccasin Tracks to find all the editions including the Saratoga Native American Festival Part 2 just released.

Listen here to Moccasin Tracks interviews broadcast on WRUV FM Burlington Nov thru Dec 2017:

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/moccasintrackswithdeb/episodes/2017-12-10T06_43_44-08_00
Fidel Moreno, indigenous filmmaker, is presenting the screening of Gathering Our Hearts At Standing Rock along with Water Protectors Jonahruh
Roberts and Ryan B Curtis who share stories and music. Thank-you. Moccasin Tracks host, Deb Reger, interviews with Fidel at the end of this podcast. He shares his feelings and wonder at his experiences at Standing Rock.

 

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/moccasintrackswithdeb/episodes/2017-12-07T11_10_59-08_00
This edition of Moccasin Tracks features A Conversation With Evan Pritchard, and songs with Evan and on Canoe Song he plays guitar. Music is from a CD but the conversation is not the best quality audio.(tech difficulties at the station)
We talk about celebrations of the season,landkeepers, ceremonial stone landscapes and intentional fires. Evan Pritchard encourages us all to nurture our spirits and “don’t let anyone put out your inner fire”, to sing up the Sun and practice gifting all year! Always an honor to have Evan on air. find out more at: http://www.algonquinculture.org

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https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/moccasintrackswithdeb/episodes/2017-12-14T11_48_39-08_00
Moccasin Tracks recorded a talk/presentation by Dallas Goldtooth, campaign organizer for “Leave It In The Ground”, Indigenous Environmental Network. ienearth.org “Dallas Goldtooth, a celebrated activist and comedian, will be the featured speaker at the signature event of Native American History Month at Champlain College on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m., in the Champlain Room at the Center for Communication and Creative Media. Goldtooth is an organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network, one of the co-creators of the 1491s comedy group, an organizer of the Keystone XL Campaign, Standing Rock activist, a Dakota linguist, artist, comedian, and powwow emcee. His talk is entitled “Resistance, Renewal, and Laughter: Our Fight to Protect Mother Earth.”

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/moccasintrackswithdeb/episodes/2017-12-27T05_52_50-08_00

In this segment of Moccasin Tracks, Dec 26, 2017 we are broadcasting from WRUV FM Burlington on the campus of University of Vermont. Grandmother Tsastilqualus talks to us from the Matriarch Camp, holding space in solidarity with all the peaceful camps that are protecting the Salmon in the traditional territory of her Nation. The women have been at camps, some for longer than 3 moons protecting the water and life from the commercial fish farming areas that are pooisoning the Wild Salmon.This is part of her DNA she tells us, the Salmon are the culture of her Nation. She is now at the camp outside offices of Fisheries and ocean in Victoria, BC. Support and information can be found on the Facebook pages: Cleasning Our Waters

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https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/moccasintrackswithdeb/episodes/2017-12-27T06_21_52-08_00
As an Indigenous Woman from Labrador, Denise Cole has been walking “with straight eyes and clean hands” for many years as part of the circle moving with spiritual work as is her duty/responsibility. The resistance to the Mega-Dam Project known as Muskrat Falls is cultural genocide of her Nation. Her community is downriver and at risk of flooding caused by this project. Already the Land has been plundered. Denise tells of of her personal spiritual work that continues to make a growing circle of solidarity. Find more info at the social media sites and on Facebook.com/Labrador Land Defenders and other indigenous led and solidarity groups working together to protect the water and land and life.

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https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/moccasintracksradio/episodes/2017-11-24T07_39_56-08_00
As an introduction we read a letter sent to the UN. We talk to Terri Sappier at the Wolastoq Grandmothers Cultural Camp which stated in the summer of 2017 when the providence of New Brunswick made an agreement with the Sisson Mining Co. As Terry says they are not leaving. She took a year to prepare to go back to living on the traditional territory of her ancestors. She says everyone has inherent rights and that these Grandmothers are practicing their inherent rights. https://www.gofundme.com/wolustuk-mothers-and-grandmothers ” The proposed tungsten and molybdenum open pit mine and tailings facility will be operational for the 1 generation leaving behind irreparable damage for time immemorial. The money raised will be used to help with costs such as fuel, food, and materials to build a traditional educational institution (healing lodge)for everyone who wants to learn about the Wulustukyik (Maliseet people).”

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Thank-you for listening to Moccasin Tracks and supporting the perspectives, music and Voices of the Nations you hear on this radio show!

Statement From Pessamit First Nation Regarding Project Hrydro-Quebec

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From The Pessamit Innu First Nation

HYDRO-QUEBEC’S RESERVOIR MANAGEMENT
A planned catastrophe

PESSAMIT – 07-11-2017: The Pessamit Innu First Nation accuses Hydro-Quebec of failing to uphold its obligations and responsibilities by filling its hydropower reservoirs to near capacity despite the “Precaution Principle” and various laws and regulations applicable in Canada. Hydro-Quebec’s procedures in managing its reservoirs do not take into account any potential damage to communities, the environment, and wildlife resulting from the discharge from reservoirs of exceptional volumes of water. These management procedures have recently caused an environmental catastrophe involving 43.4 miles of the Betsiamites River (Northeastern Quebec), and also is jeopardizing the safety of those using the waterway.

Following last week’s heavy precipitation, Hydro-Quebec discharged large volumes of water into rivers downstream of its installations, increasing water levels and flows to unsurpassed heights, according to Innu tribesmen whose ancestors have occupied the territory for thousands of years. At Hydro-Quebec, the situation is attributed to “exceptional” autumnal flooding resulting in abnormal levels of water in the reservoirs. Spillways on the Bersimis-1 and 2 hydroelectric dams (on the Betsiamites River), those on Manic-5, 3, 2 and 1, on McCormick, Toulnustouc and Outardes-2, were opened one after the other, causing devastating impacts on the environment and wildlife, and creating a catastrophic situation that has not occurred since the Manic-Outardes complex was built in 1978 and Bersimis was completed in 1962.

A total loss
In the wake of these “exceptional” measures, the Betsiamites River, the principal access for the Pessamiulnut to their traditional territories, over-flowed its banks into wooded areas made up of centenary trees that had never before been inundated. Debris of all sizes, including a great number of whole trees, were driven into the river. Clay embankments were also washed out by the flow, creating foreseeable damage to Atlantic salmon spawning sites (spawning season being about to begin). Furthermore, at least six traditional camp sites located in wooded areas were greatly damaged or totally destroyed, including the total loss of the Unikamit site, managed by a Pessamit company called Mashkuss Aventures.

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Why?
The Chief of the Pessamit Innu Band Council, Mr René Simon, has no doubts as to the actual causes of this situation: “Hydro-Quebec can go on forever about an exceptional seven day downpour occurring in October being the sole factor in the discharge of large volumes of water from the reservoirs, but it’s a lie! 2017 precipitation data for this period, compared to normal precipitation data from October 25th to 31st, do not justify releasing so much water at such a time. While it is the case that precipitation was above average during this period, overall precipitation for the summer and fall of 2017 was less than average. In fact, it hardly rained at all in the Quebec North-Shore region during this summer and fall. Why then were Hydro-Quebec’s reservoirs filled to such a level that they were ready to overflow after only seven days of rain?”

The smoking gun
The answer is simple: in its frantic race to attain new contracts, Hydro-Quebec has assured its potential clients in New England that its hydropower reserves would be increased beyond the Province of Quebec expected requirements (reminder: New-England’s decision is expected in January 2018). Solution: maintain reservoir water levels as high as possible in view of increasing energy producing capacity upon request. The problem is, such a procedure doesn’t take into account strong and unexpected periods of rain, as occurred in October 2017. Result: reservoirs overflow and spillways are opened, whatever the consequences.

Clean Energy?
“This is the type of management we are up against,” says Chief René Simon. “While Hydro-Quebec is discharging its reservoirs, it’s also abandoning all precautions. Damages sustained by members of our First Nation, those inflicted to our Nitassinan (traditional territory), to various animal species and fish in the Betsiamites River, are only part of the story. When our non-Native neighbours discover the damage inflicted to territories they use for work and recreation, they too will experience the fallacy of Hydro-Quebec’s Clean Energy concept. Hopefully, the citizens of New England will do the same before January.”

 

Photo 1: Total loss of the Unikamit site, managed by a Pessamit company called Mashkuss Aventures.
Photo 2: Kim Picard and Jean-Luc Kanape, owners of Mashkuss Aventures, saw their dream washed out by the flow.
Photo 3: The Bersimis-2 hydroelectric dam discharged exceptional volumes of water.

 

For more information:
Louis Archambault
819 842-3333
l.a@consultantslouisarchambault.com

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.