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Let The Landscape Speak For Itself with Doug Harris, Narragansett Tribal Deputy Officer for the Narragansett Tribal Historic Preservation Office

Moccasin Tracks was honored and humbled to be able to record and video this important presentation at the Annual Elders Gathering at Sunray Peace Village in Lincoln, Vermont July 2018.  Doug Harris has made this presentation dozens of times in towns, schools, churches and other public places to inform and suggest collaboration in protecting Sacred Sites and in particular the Ceremonial Stone Landscapes set in prayer by the ancestors of the Original Peoples.  This is a 4-part series that we release here after review and editing.  The series is available to community access TV in your area thru ORCAmedia.net, where Moccasin Tracks is pleased to volunteer and broadcast.  We have to thanks staff and post production manager, Zach Zorn for teaching and encouraging Moccasin Tracks in presenting these videos of current and public affairs regarding the  Original Peoples of N’dakinna and in this greater area of so-called New England.

In contemplating the relationships of the many Nations both with each other and Earth and all life we realize how important it is to Protect and support the protection of Sacred Sites for the greater good of all life.  In these videos you will hear the stories of some of these sites now under Protection and the process of identifying and preserving these most sacred sites for the future generations.  Thank-you for honoring and protecting sacred sites where you are.

Here is the link to Part One: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQIrZJFN028

Here is the Link to Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6vjkSzFk3E

 

 

Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgussQa4ljg

 

Part4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1qpteWjobo

 

Part4

Thank-you for all you do to protect water, mother earth and all life!

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Living Culture Celebrated on Moccasin Tracks Links To Current Programs

14713632_1107020152681106_2425154700586291587_nAll 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   laughing-couple-photo-1  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
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CNYKYP5
THE LAND REMEMBERS
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CQPC65D
SILENCE IS THE GREATEST CEREMONY
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CR43XHM
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We always appreciate First Voices Radio and rebroadcasting.

 

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

 

 

 

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

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.

Red Warrior Society And Mothers Against Meth Alliance/East Coast Tour Stop In Montpelier

16388063_758674144287603_1936467527259763983_nIn the following podcasts of the audio we collected Feb 2, 2017 at the Unitarian Church in Montpelier, Vermont, Moccasin Tracks is honored to have recorded these voices from the front lines of the No DAPL Prayer camps that are still in resistance near Cannon Ball, ND. These Warriors speak from their hearts in an effort to inform and educate. They tell us their personal stories and we are honored to be able to share them with you here. Also you will here from founder of Mothers Against Meth Alliance, Julie Richards (Oglala Lakota) who has a vision to build a safe house for youth on her reservation.

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/radiowithdeb8/episodes/2017-02-05T13_44_16-08_00 Listen here to Julie Richards personal story.

16425895_757775347710816_7359956142123805683_nthis is the banner they brought with them and we will be posting the complete presentation on youtube.com/MoccasinTracks

 

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/radiowithdeb8/episodes/2017-02-10T05_51_31-08_00    this is Ernie Cobiness on the tour…just the song

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/radiowithdeb8/episodes/2017-02-10T06_04_27-08_00  and this is the Ernie, his presentation and song

here is Victor Puertas and other Red Warriors on tour: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/radiowithdeb8/episodes/2017-02-10T06_25_46-08_00

 

Thank-you Red Warrior society and Mothers Against Meth Alliance!  We appreciate your work !  Mni Wiconi! Water Is Life!

 

 

 

Evan Pritchard Joins Us On Air With Moccasin Tracks and WRUV FM Burlington, January 19, 2017 at 1 PM

evan-p-2full-moon-feb-24-2013-014Pritchard.jpgWe were happy to find Native New Yorkers, The Legacy Of The Algonquin People Of New York at the University Of Vermont library to read about the area where there is another pipeline called unfortunately, The Pilgrim Pipeline, that would carry fossil-fuel poisons thru the traditional Algonquin Territory.

No Word For Time…
https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/podcast46833/episodes/2015-11-05T11_26_43-08_00

Many years of research by this Miʼkmaq author, professor, musician, speaker, Cultural Keeper, and advocate for the rights of the Original Peoples precedes this conversation we will have with Evan Pritchard on Jan 19, 2017 at 1PM with Moccasin Tracks on a Live interview on wruv.org and locally at 90.1FM.

A few years ago I was handed a copy of the book by Evan Pritchard, “There Is No Word For Time” (thank-you Carol Irons) and had listened to Tiokasin Ghosthorse interview Evan on First Voices Radio inspired me to check out was was in the University of Vermont Library and found Native New Yorkers Legacy of the Algonquin Peoples

The Legacy Of the Algonquin

He writes about the landscape and the original peoples of so-called New York with many references to the Wabanaki Peoples and Lenape Nation with original place names and agreements and treaties that still exist with the peoples that remain who still have the Wampum Belts that documented the Peace and Friendship Agreements. The importance of this historic writing reflects in the Living Culture that exists today with the Lenape Nation, as an example, as they try to practice their traditional way of life to protect Water and Mother Earth and resist the Pilgrim Pipeline.

The writing follows the trails and when we can see beyond the roads, bridges, dams and other development we can feel the presence of a traditional values and ways of being. We can begin to understand and respect this point of view from this Miʼkmaq man.

As preparations for a “400 year” celebration of Pilgrims in Plymouth, Mass. and Lenape people stand firm as protectors to their homelands we ask our listeners to open your hearts to listen to the real history to appreciate our responsibility to not just acknowledge but to understand and work for change that embraces a stewardship and way of life that lives in balance with Mother Earth as these original peoples did for 10,000ʼs thousands of years before European contact.

The bio-diversity that Evan Pritchard writes about in his book may be hard to imagine as the city structures of 500 years of colonization surround us today, but would behoove us to celebrate. From Standing Rock to Plymouth Rock to Split Rock stand with the living cultures today that are leading the way forward with traditions practiced that let Spirit guide.

We look forward to a conversation with Evan Pritchard on Moccasin Tracks, Jan 19, 2017 at 1PM. Tune the radio on at 90.1FM or online at wruv.org. Look to our Moccasin Tracks page on Facebook for links to interviews.no-word-for-timeevan-pritcharddscf3692dscf2565