October Teaching Lessons 2019
A Series of Lectures in October 2019
Well, our October Presentation of Abenaki Cultural Lessons was a success. Here’s a quick Recap:
Memo of Clan of the Hawk, Abenaki Teaching Session #1 October 6, 2019
The presentation began at 1:15. Justin Thunderbear played a flute song and then gave the opening prayer.
Present were Chief Spirit Water, Justin Thunderbear, Colleen Moore de Ortiz and her two children, Wesley and Gabriel, Martha Braithwaite, Clifford Everett and Gail Ruggles.
Chief Spirit Water taught the small group about the importance of Clans and Sacred Items and Bundles that are special to the Abenaki and about Metallica, a famous Native American.
Attendees shared snacks and each other’s company after the teachings.
Memo of Clan of the Hawk, Abenaki Teaching Session #2 October 13, 2019
Present were: Chief Spirit Water, Clan Mother Donna Huether, War Chief Thunderbear Justin Deth, (Christine – Friend of Justin), Lori Ronander, George Larrabee, Eilis Mooney, Colleen Moore de Ortiz and her children, Wesley and Gabriel, Martha Braithwaite, Patty Nolan, Bobby Nolan, Gail Ruggles.
We had a wonderful time Sunday. Justin played both flute and the drum, singing a new song about the river that he learned from Margaret Bruchac. Donna gave a more involved teaching about the medicine wheel. Justin told the story of the Flute.
Colleen M. deOrtiz gifted some cedar branches from the Penobscot nation in Maine and the Seymour Lake Location to Chief Spirit Water and also special stones from both places. She told us about the 21 year healing the tribes are doing. (See footnote).
Justin told a couple of Bear Stories from Abenaki lore. Donna taught more about the special herbs of Native Americans. We spoke of plans for the next meeting and for next year.
After the lessons, attendees shared some snacks and socialized for a bit.
Then most of the attendees went down near Jason's place and had a beautiful ceremony to scatter the ashes of Ralph and the Clan's good friend Marvin Pollard, and also those of Ralph's dog (the one before Feather), Jasper T. Stone Tree had built an impressive Bonfire/ Funeral Fire. Justin and Donna provided funeral drumming and prayers.
Memo of Clan of the Hawk, Abenaki Teaching Session #3 October 27, 2019
The presentation began at 1:15. Present were Chief Spirit Water, Stone Tree Colleen Moore de Ortiz and her two children, Wesley and Gabriel, George Larrabee, Gail Ruggles. We had a special guest, Geronimo, an Apache Native who has moved here from New Mexico.
Chief Spirit Water taught the group about the four main herbs that are special to the Abenaki and about how your name and color are very important to you in your path through life.
George re-read the first two pages of Meeting with Greylock to the group, especially because Colleen’s children had not heard the story.
Geronimo shared information about how his tribe conducts naming, sweat lodges and rites of passage for young boys.
Attendees shared snacks and each other’s company for quite a while after the teachings.
Sherri L. Mitchell - Weh'na Ha'mu Kwasset is a Native American attorney, author, teacher and activist from Maine. Mitchell has been a longtime advisor to the American Indian Institute’s Healing the Future Program and she currently serves as a helper and advisor to the Indigenous Elders and Medicine People’s Council of North and South America. Mitchell is the organizer behind "Healing the Wounds of Turtle Island," a global healing ceremony that rises out of the Wabanaki Prophecy of the Reopening of the Eastern Gate. The ceremony began in 2017 and was attended by individuals from every continent (except Antarctica). The ceremony continues for 21 years, and will move in four year cycles until it travels to all four corners of the United States. Its purpose is to bring healing to this land and to renew our sacred contracts with one another as human beings and heal our relationship with the rest of creation.
Chief Spirit Water