Brattleboro Community TV (BCTV) has again archived the proceedings at the monthly Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (VT NDCAP) meeting held at Brattleboro Area Middle School (BAMS) on Oct. 26, 2017. At previous meetings, primary focus has been on the Docket #8880 Petitioners – Entergy and Northstar – along with state regulators; on this evening, several of the Intervenors had been asked to briefly present their interests to the Panel and public, and to answer questions if needed. The author, representing Elnu Abenaki with Nulhegan and Koasek, adds his remarks at 1:33:08, with other comments and questions 1:54:25 through 2:05:05.
Earlier this month, under a dozen feet of water and 28 inches of sand, Annette Spaulding found something she had sought for more than 30 years. It was the outline of an eagle wing. An unknown Native American had etched it into a rock slab on the West River an unknown number of centuries ago. The rock formed the river’s bank until 1909, when construction of a dam at Vernon, Vt., raised water levels on the Connecticut River and its tributary, the West River.
Along with lowlands and barns and houses, the rising water submerged at least three Native American petroglyph, or rock carving, sites near the confluence of the two rivers, according to Spaulding’s research.
The largest one is said to depict nine figures — five eagles, a person, what looks like a dog and two wavy lines with small heads, which Spaulding suspects are lampreys. It’s known as Indian Rock. A handful of 19th-century accounts and depictions reference the site, including a drawing by a 10-year-old boy from Chesterfield, Larkin Mead, who grew up to be a renowned sculptor. But then the river rose, and the location of Indian Rock became murky.
Read the full account in the Keene Sentinel by Paul Cuno-Booth of this recent development at Wantastegok. Photo by Michael Donovan.
Still image – see video link at end of summation
Robert McBride’s Everyday People video series on FACT – Falls Area Community TV – featured a recent episode with personnel from VTrans and the VT Dept. of Historic Preservation, along with guests who had an interest in the proceedings. The crew was in town to document and map the Vilas Bridge and the ancient petroglyph site at Kchi Pontekw on the Kwenitekw, using newly acquired LiDAR equipment. A non-intrusive technology, LiDAR uses a rapid, rotating laser sending and receiving unit to record a highly detailed 3D image of terrain, objects, and surfaces. This record can then be used for reference and analysis. With the possibility of a future repair or removal of the deteriorating Vilas Bridge (owned by the state of New Hampshire, and now closed), it is important to record the current situation so that proper care can be taken as plans may be developed. For indigenous people, respectful protection of the sacred ancestral rock carvings above the falls are of special concern. Several people were in attendance to oversee the work on September 22, 2017; the Brattleboro Reformer covered the story that day as well.
Testimony during the public comment period at the end of September’s regular meeting, requesting a baseline survey regarding the extent of previously disturbed vs undisturbed soils at the VY site.
Via Rick Pouliot at Gedakina:
We wanted to pass this information along for the 2017 Deer Island Memorial on behalf of the Natick Nipmuc Indian Council. Folks interested in paddling and/or walking/running should contact Kristen Wyman: firstname.lastname@example.org
We also wanted to mention that even if you can’t participant as a paddler, runner or walker – please come out and support this important event. In addition to a morning circle at Deer Island, there is an afternoon circle at the Falls in South Natick, followed by a community potluck social. If you can – we know that the paddlers also appreciate being welcomed after the 18 mile paddle; and runners/walkers appreciate the support as they run/walk into South Natick.
Hope to see you on the 7th.
Rick Pouliot GEDAKINA
Natick Nipmuc Indian Council DEER ISLAND MEMORIAL 2017
SACRED PADDLE and WALK Saturday, October 7, 2017
All are invited for a Day of Remembrance in honor of the Native peoples forcibly removed in October 1675 from South Natick and the other “Praying Towns” by the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and imprisoned on Deer Island in Boston Harbor during the resistance known as King Phillip’s War. The few who survived returned to their aboriginal homelands to rebuild their lives and tribal nations. We remember the ancestors’ sacrifice and survival through ceremony on Deer Island, a Sacred Paddle through Boston Harbor up the Charles River and a walk from Brighton to Natick. The day ends in prayer at the falls in South Natick and a Potluck Feast and Social.
8:00 AM Paddlers meet at Community Rowing, 20 Nonantum Road, Brighton, MA
8:30 AM Paddlers are shuttled to Deer Island for 9:00AM arrival, gear-up & safety instruction
9:00 AM Welcome Circle/Discussion (Spectators Only) at Deer Island, 190 Tafts Avenue, Winthrop, MA
9:30 AM Prayer and send-off . Sacred Paddle departs from Deer Island. Sacred walkers caravan to Brighton.
10:30 AM Walkers depart to the falls in South Natick
1:30 PM Sacred Paddle arrives at Community Rowing , 20 Nonantum Rd. Brighton (Time is approximate)
3:00 PM Ceremony at the falls in South Natick , 58 Eliot St., Natick, MA
4:00 PM Potluck Feast and Social at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 39 E Central St, Natick, MA 01760
Special thanks to Gedakina, Nipmuk Nashaounk, and all our volunteers.