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2019 Moccasin Tracks Updates, Links To Interviews And Announcements


Moccasin Tracks is a radio show featuring “pre-american” ie: Original Peoples perspectives and music (traditional and contemporary) live interviews ,news including National Native News (nv1.org). We often say we are holding space for the indigenous perspective. It is the work of decolonizing and reindigenizing with Earth as Mother and all life as family that inspires Moccasin Tracks. We acknowledge the area we broadcast from as N’Dakinna, the ancestral homeland of the Abenaki Peoples. Rebroadcasts include First Voices Radio with host Tiokasin Ghosthorse http://www.firstvoicesindigenousradio.org (Pacifica Radio Network) and National Native News with host Antonia Gonzalas from Native Voice One (NV1.org) We are currently on air with WRUV FM Burlington at 90.1FM and wruv.org where show is archived week to week Fridays Noon-2PM.
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We are also creating and archiving events with the various Abenaki Bands, individuals and support groups with the Onion River Access Media where we have produced editions of Moccasin Tracks for Vermont cable TV. (www.orcamedia.net)

contact us at wruv.moccasintracks@gmail.com New Music with Crazy Flute and interview with Jack Crazy Flute Listen here:https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/radiowithdeb2/episodes/2018-12-28T09_29_54-08_00  and here: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/communityradiowithdeb/episodes/2019-01-19T05_41_04-08_00 we play music by Crazy Flute too! 61G6Dn103HL._SR600,315_PIWhiteStrip,BottomLeft,0,35_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg268x0w copy 2.jpg


https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/radiowithdeb2/episodes/2018-11-26T04_27_14-08_00  In this podcast Chenae Bullock gifts us with story about her Canoe Journey and local organizing to protect ancestors, land and water.


https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/radiowithdeb2/episodes/2019-01-06T04_56_52-08_00  In this podcast we are visited by Hears Crow who shares story and storytelling opportunities.

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/radiowithdeb4/episodes/2019-02-02T07_25_33-08_00 Evan Pritchard join us on air for lots of stories..39f900c0.jpg

We also had a wonderful conversation with journalist, author Tracy Hentz and you can go here: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/communityradiowithdeb/episodes/2019-01-19T04_54_00-08_00

For the month of Feb we have guests confirmed  Jimi Brink (Abenaki) on Feb 15 as well as Bird Runningwater to talk about the Indigenous Program from Sundance Institute.  We’re also hoping to talk with storyteller Darlene Kascak (Schaghticoke).  Melissa Otis will join us March 1 to talk about her recently published book,”Rural Indigenousness A History of Iroquoian And Algonquin Peoples Of The Adirondacks”.  And we are working on a program to highlight Teen Dating Violence and Domestic Violence possibly Feb 22.  Tune in Fridays from noon-2PM(EST) at wruv.org and 90.1FM locally. Thank-you WRUV FM Burlington for hosting Moccasin Tracks and making archives!

Bonus: from 1937 Wisconsin Archeologist

W&er Monster Inhabited Lakes of Wisconsin 27

Dorothy Moulding Brown

In Wisconsin Indian Place Legends, a booklet recently published by the Folklore Section of the Wisconsin Federal Writers’ Project, there are a number of aboriginal legends connected with the Wisconsin and Rock Rivers and Lakes Winnebago, Koshkonong, Green, Thunder, and other lakes in which water monsters figure more or less prominently. No one knows how old some of these myths may be. Doubtless, most of them go back into the past for a hundred years, several hundred years, or an even longer period of time. All of our Wisconsin tribesmen appear to have firmly believed that in the many lakes and water courses in their tribal domains and hunting grounds all over Wisconsin there were present animal water demons of a very fierce and destructive nature.

Some of these mythical water monsters were huge snakes, great turtles, monster fish, bears, beavers, or pan- ther-like animals, the latter often known by the name of water spirits.

These water animals lived in dens or lairs at the bottoms of lakes and streams and the very superstitious red men believed them responsible for many of the water phenomena such as storms on water, waterspouts, rapids, and whirl- pools. They were responsible for the overturning of birch- bark or dugout canoes and for the drowning of swimmers. Such victims were often carried down by the water mon- sters into their dens and there devoured or ‘imprisoned, their bodies to be later released. .Such beliefs are still cur- rent among many Indians in W,isconsin. .

In @assingby or over waters’ believed or known to be inhabited by these water spiri’ts, Indian canoemen paused to cast handfuls of kinnikinnik, or Indian tobacco, upon their surfaces to quiet and obtain the good will of these denizens. Such strange proceedings have been mentioned

28 WISCONSIN ARCHEOLOGIST Vol. 17, No.2 by early French fur traders and other travelers and were

also told to other white men by the Indians themselves.

Among other lakes and streams-not already mentioned -which these water monsters were known to inhabit were Lac du Flambeau, the Chain o’ Lakes at Waupaca, Shawano Lake, Okauchee Lake, Poygan Lake, and Devils Lake. Ac- cording to the Chippewa Indians an evil spirit lodges in the waters of Manitowish River, hence its name.

The water panthers, called by the Winnebago, Wakteci, have been described as huge, long-tailed animals with horns on their heads, large fiery eyes, and powerful jaws and claws. At night they came out on the river or lake banks. “Only a few Indians have ever seen them and some persons have become demented by seeing them.”

When Earthmaker created the world he thrust four of these water spirits through it to keep the globe from re- volving and.to quiet it.

On the north shore of Lake Mendota, opposite Gover- nors Island at Madison, is a known Indian den of a group of these underwater panthers. They have been held re- sponsible for a number of drownings which have taken place here in recent years–of both Indians and white men.

These water spirits do not always remain a t this station; some of them roam about the lake searching for possible victims.

It is believed that at Mendota originated the Madison legend that for some unknown reason Lake Mendota muat each year possess the bodies of drowned white persons, Some of these were reported to have been students of the Uni- versity of Wisconsin. On old Indian who makes more or less of a busine~sof finding the bodies of drowned persons is said to have recovered several here.

The tale is told of a monster fish that lives in the deep water off Maple Bluff. This fish is supposed to be an Indian who at one time killed, roasted, and ate a spirit raccoon which he and another native had hunted, following its tracks from the northern shore of Lake Monona. For this rash act this unfortunate Indian, venturing into the

Water Monster Inhabited Lakes of Wisconsin 29 water because of a great thirst which &me upon him, was

transformed into a huge fish.

On still dark nights this monster disports itself in the water below the Bluff and may be heard beating its war drum and singing its war song. For years no Indian of the early Winnebago Tenney Park village, known as Cheedah, would venture very near this place a t any time. Those who did nearly always met with some accident.

In Wisconsin Indian legendary lore “the powerful thun- derbirds” and the water spirits were often at war with each other. Devils Lake obtained its evil name Tawahcunchuk- dahCacred Lake–from a battle of this nature which once took place here. The Thunderers shot their “arrows”

(thunderbolts) down into the water and the water spirits threw great columns of water and jagged boulders into the air to combat their enemies. Thus the rocky bluffs surrounding this beautifur lake were rent and tumbled about as they now are.

A young Indian hunter who ventured near was promised a reward by the water spirits if he would shoot and kill some of the Thunderers, but the Thunderers also promised him a reward if he would destroy some of the water mon- sters. Not wishing to offend either spirit band, the young hunter wisely departed from the scene.

In Potawatomi and Winnebago Indian days a terrible water monster in the form of a fish ranged over the whole course of the Rock River, from the vicinity of present Beloit to the foot of Lake Koshkonong.

In the early spring the presence of this terror was known by the manner in which he had, in a mad rage, broken up the ice in the stream. Some Indians believe that he still occasionally reappears in his old haunts along this river.

A Menomini legend of Sturgeon Bay tells of two Indian girls who, while playing on the sands, were lured down into the waters of the Bay by a big hairy snake. Their father found their footprints on the sandy shore and guessed what had happened to his daughters. With the help of Manabus


and the Thunderers the girls were released from the wig- wam of the monster and safely returned to their sorrowing parents.

In Lake Winnebago there lived a very large fish, prob- ably a sturgeon, with a large appetite for moose, elk, and deer. It caught these in the channel of the lake inlet and devoured horns, hide, hoofs, and all. One day some Win- nebago found this large fish floating on the surface of the water; it was dead. Searching for the cause, they found the branching antler of an elk protruding from its side. The fish swallowed the elk but had been unable to digest the antler.

Inhabiting Lake Koshkonong was a water monster of great power and terrible form. Two Indian boys once set out on this lake in canoes. The canoes were capsized and later the bodies of the boys were found floating in the lake. There was white clay in their ears and nostrils, a sure Indian sign that the water monster had caught and drawned them.

At Green Lake “more than a thousand years ago” a Sioux war party which had come by canoe to attack the Winnebago villages was destroyed by water spirits friendly- to the Winnebago. The latter caused the canoes to be caught in a large whirlpool which they created and to be sucked down into the lake. Thus the Winnebago villages were saved.

A huge serpent formed the bed of the Wisconsin River by wriggling down from the forests of Northern Wisconsin toward the Mississippi River. All other serpents fled be- fore this monster. The large serpent in his course burst through walls of solid rock forming the Wisconsin Dells.

In Thunder Lake a Thunder bird is imprisoned by a water spirit who vanquished him during a struggle while the bird was trying to carry him a~way. The bird is still there.

In a lake near Peshtigo is the den of a great white bear, the king of all bears. This lake, the Indians believe, is the window of a nearby mountain. Through this window the
























Moccasin Tracks Giving Thanks

DSCF2995This week syndicated Moccasin Tracks will be playing  a rebroadcast of a show we aired on WGDR Goddard College Community Radio, Nov 22 with guests featured here (see links below to listen). This week we are adding a short conversation with Crazy Flute Jack Holland and we will post that soon.   We will be back live on WRUV FM Burlington January 4 from noon-2PM. (EST) at wruv.org and 90.1FM and then Jan 18.  Listen below to the show at the links below.

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/radiowithdeb2/episodes/2018-11-25T05_39_38-08_00    with Tiokasin Ghosthorse and co-hosts Deb Reger and Aaron York.


https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/radiowithdeb2/episodes/2018-11-24T07_08_03-08_00 A conversation with Mallory Black with the Stronghearts Native Helpline, Grandmother Carole Bubar Blodgett and co-hosts Deb Reger and Aaron York.


https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/radiowithdeb2/episodes/2018-11-26T04_27_14-08_00  A conversation with Chenae Bullock with co-hosts Deb Reger and Aaron York.


Mallory Black

Mallory Black


Tiokasin Ghosthorse


Grandmother Carole Bubar-Blodgett


Host Deb Reger at WRUV FM


Co-host Aaron York on Nov 22, WGDR


Our Beloved Kin A New History of King Philips War by Lisa Brooks : Preparing for Community Radio Interviews With Moccasin Tracks

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. wruv.moccasintracks@gmail.com


Abenaki Cultural Regeneration Project 2017


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.”DSCF3905

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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gO0Io0V7D0Y DSCF3925

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

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

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Unity Begins With U


U in the woods
U in prayer
U in Gratitude
U in the mountains U in Nakinna

reading an article in the St Albans newspaper in so-called Vermont moved me to tears as it was expressing generosity and love
from the Missisquoi Abenaki (Western Abenaki Nation)
A prayer in action to the Water Protectors at Standing Rock



A truck left from Plymouth, New Hampshire yesterday with supplies for the Water Protectors at Standing Rock while students at the University of Vermont are petitioning and marching thru campus demanding divestment from the Dakota Access Pipeline thru TD Bank and students at Dartmouth make ready to contribute to peaceful non-violent resistance to the Dakota Access (Excess) Pipeline and Brown University students lock-down to Wells Fargo Bank. Respect and Love to U all of U doing


This Week on Moccasin Tracks, Dec 6

Next week on Moccasin Tracks, Dec 6 on WRUV FM at the 5PM hour, we will talk with James Beard (Noodin) from the NE Cultural (http://northeastcultural.com/). He and Leslie Greenwood who is part of the Circle with Noodin will tell us about their supply runs and the ongoing supporting this NH group is providing for Standing Rock and NoDAPL.

Announcements And Podcast Links

Starting Dec 13 thru Jan 10, 2017 (Tuesdays) Moccasin Tracks will be enjoying extended broadcast time: Noon-4PM. We are including guests and co-hosts, readings and live music. Join us for the rebroadcasts of First Voices Radio and National Native News. Thank-you for supporting Moccasin Tracks and the perspectives, music, art, languages and relationships with the original peoples especially of this area known by the Western Abenaki Peoples as Ndakinna and all the Nations we reach during the broadcast we thank you as we are moving thru these sacred times.


Links To Recent Podcasts


This clip of Moccasin Tracks Nov 1,2016 was broadcast on WRUV FM Burlington with Jadina Lilien and Tiokasin Ghosthorse who’s collaboration “Butterfly Against The Wind” celebrates with a book signing event this week in NYC at the Earth Ethics. Joining us by skype we talk to Tiokasin and Jadina about their work. Jadina shares with us her inspiration and interpretations of the Art she produces using her many artistic talents. After pre-viewing the work and listening to each of them share from the heart we can appreciate how we might be able to apply these concepts to our own lives. Tiokasin reflects on his recent journey’s to gift audiences with his Lakota perspective of respect with and in defense of Mother Earth. He gifts us with a deeper understanding of concepts of “Makah Sitomni” and “Maka Ina”. For more: www.JadinaLilien.com www.firstvoicesindigenousradio.org


Interview with Gali Sanchez


Joining us by phone we talk to Gali Sanchez about the use of Native Mascots and the appropriation of Native Culture. From the NH Abenaki Nation Gali is residing in Virginia and shares a story about seeking change. He worked with other Nations to bring to the attention of the school board the concerns and the disrespect this shows to the youth and community. He talks about the teaching he will offer to teachers about teaching the history of the original peoples from their perspective. He tells us of his travels to speak to public school teachers about youth suicide and especially Native youth. A teacher and educator, Gali Sanchez shares appreciation for Elders and his community and land base, N’Dakinna, where his ancestors are from


Good Morning