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.
We plan to include instruction/practice in woods lore, plantlore, spiritual practices, history and language.”
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.
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
Recorded at the Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project by Moccasin Tracks with Brian LaPierre (Abenaki) and Jo Hamlin. Plant Lore
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
Intro To Wildcrafting with Jo Hamlin
thank-youPhotos by Kerry Wood