Possession, a War That Never Ends.

A line from “Crazy Horse”, a song by John Trudell, from his 2001 album “Bone Days.”
Possession, the concept of holding control over something, as in the “ownership” of land, devolves from power structures. It is the exercise of strength through force (by various means, be they physical, financial, legal, psychological, spiritual) by one entity over another. It requires a constant application of those energies to maintain (defend) its dominant position. It is a slow, steady aggression – a war that never ends – because it does not come from a place of balance, but rather from imposition. Balance is the nature of peace, when things are at rest, maintaining equilibrium, in proper relationship. When relationship is honored, and we acknowledge our gratitude for the gifts (all of them) that enter our lives, the war subsides. They are gifts, not possessions gained by the exercising of power. The understanding of this is the great responsibility of our time – truly, of all time. We do not own anything – we are, all of us, in this together here and now.
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An Evening with Vermont Abenaki Artists Association: Nov. 14 at the Flynn Center

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“The story is here, but it’s been hidden. The Abenaki people, who were written out of the story, are still here.” —VPR

At the Flynn for the first time, the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association shares a performance of both traditional and contemporary Abenaki music, storytelling, and drumming. Performers include Chief Don Stevens, Chief of the Nulhegan band of the Coosuk Abenaki, Nulhegan Abenaki Drum, who combine traditional Northeastern music with the sound of the big powwow drumming, and Bryan Blanchette, a Berklee alumnus who started singing at powwows over 20 years ago and who is currently writing and performing new Abenaki language songs.

Tomorrow, November 14th, from 7:30-10 pm, at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 main St., Burlington, VT 05401.

Tickets went on sale to Flynn members on Tuesday, July 18 and to the general public on Wednesday, August 2. Flynn membership starts at $50 and is available at any time. To become a member visit http://www.flynncenter.org/support-us/membership.html.

Wabanaki Calling In Song

Filmed in night vision at the Jamaica State Park archeological dig. The El-Nu Abenaki Tribe Singers led the public through a night of traditional story-telling and songs. Video by Lina Longtoe of Askaw8bi Productions.

The Abenaki Heritage Weekend gathering this weekend (June 24-25, 2017), at the lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes, will open each day at 10:30 am with a traditional Greeting Song, such as this.

Diversity Day at Derby’s North Country Union Junior High

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Members of the Nulhegan Abenaki brought traditional drumming and singing to North Country Union Junior High in Derby, VT  on February 2, 2017, as part of the school’s Diversity Program. Photos by Melody Nunn via Facebook – wliwni!

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She Feeds Them All: Peggy Fullerton of Koasek

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Teprine Baldo has written a wonderful piece about Peg Fullerton and her work in her blog, Strawberry Moon:

“So today I want to highlight a special farmer, seed saver with Seeds of Renewal, Indigenous singer (Voices of the Koas) and so much more, Peggy Fullerton.  Founder of the Sagakwa farm in Piedmont NH, Peggy is a member of the Traditional Abenaki Koasek band.  I interviewed her to better understand her life as a farmer, her struggles, joys, triumphs and roots.  Enjoy.”

Restoring the Voice of the Abenaki

The Abenaki women’s choir Voices of the Koas have been recognized in-depth by the Manchester (NH) Union Leader for their commitment to revitalizing the lyrical heritage of the Alnobak. They are based in the Upper (Connecticut River) Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire and are active in sharing their gift of song in the schools and communities of northern New England. They have just released a new CD, Lal8maw8gan, with 9 tracks sung by the group joined by a few of their students, a new generation carrying the culture forward. You may purchase a copy on their website!