Center for Algonquin
Culture, PO Box 259 Rosendale NY 12472 (845) 377-1110
an interactive PDF version of the March 2020 Newsletter,
an interactive PDF version of the February 2020 Newsletter,
Center for Algonquin
Email (845) 377-1110
List of Evan's YouTube Videos!
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Educational Outreach Project of Center for Algonquin Culture
in Times of Covid 19
2021 SPRING SCHEUDLE
OF CLASSES/WORKSHOPS 7 pm THURSDAYS
All classes led by author Evan Pritchard (Mi'kmaq)
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Sunday, May 30th, 2021: 3 pm live event!
The Stone Wall Story: Public proclamation regarding newly
discovered stone quarry and projectile cache, featuring
author and ancient stonework enthusiast, Matt Bua. Evan
Pritchard will speak on the river-like fluidity of the
Mohicans of the 1600s.
Location: Awakened Rip Sculpture (Rip Van Winkle monument)
Corner of Summit Avenue and Main Street in the village
of Catskill NY. Preceded by lectures by ancient stone
work enthusiast, Matt Bua Wednesday, May 26th and Thursday,
May 27th 6-7 pm at Catskill Public Library, 1 Franklin
Street, Catskill, NY. For more info, contact Cassidy A.
Maze firstname.lastname@example.org (518)416-2261
Thursday, June 3rd, 2021: WEBINAR:
Finding Our Place in the Universe 7 to 10 pm;
pre-registration encouraged, $25. This zoomcast webinar
will offer a number of different pathways we can follow
to find our place in the universe, and rediscover who
we are, where we came from, and where we are going in
this post-quarantine world. We can build a saner world
if we tap into our innate intelligence. Once we restore
the missing puzzle pieces regarding the earth-based wisdom
of our region, all the tools we need are there before
us, hiding in plain sight.
Tuesday, June 8th, 2021: 7 to
8:30 pm; Writing Is Becoming.
Live writers' workshop, outside with social distancing.
Setup and social time at 6:30, class at 7. Sunset at 8:30
pm so we will need to start on time. $20 class fee. See
poster for contact info or call Evan at (845)377-1110.
Thursday, June 10th, 2021: 10:30
am to noon, New Moon Seed Planting
Seed Song Farm, 160 Esopus Avenue, Esopus Landing, Kingston,
Thursday, June 10th, 2021: 7:30
pm to 10 pm "Dark of the Moon" Screening of
"Mountain River; The Esopus Creek, Headwaters to
the Hudson," a new film by Tobe Carey, featuring
NSU's Evan Pritchard.
Free with pre-registration, Greenville Drive In Theater,
10700 Route 32 NY, Greenville, NY 10706. Contact Tobey
at 657-2914 https://www.simpletix.com/e/mountain-river-free-screening-to-the-commu-tickets-70568
Sunday, June 13th, 2021: 4 to
6 pm; Virtual Performance of Faure Requiem by Ars Choralis.
Evan will present a prayer for the dead entirely in Mi'kmaq,
with sub-titles in English; other prayers in other languages
will also be presented, in conjunction with the performance
of the Faure Requiem. Concert will be on Facebook, etc.
For instructions and links log onto www.arschoralis.og.
Thursday, June 17th, 2021,
7-9 pm via zoom (same link as last semester) Summer session
NSU 3, #1 We Are All Indigenous!
In this eye-opening workshop, Evan will discuss shamanistic
beliefs and practices, and earth-based religious rites
among the long-ago indigenous peoples of six European
countries (details to follow) and discuss possible parallels
to Native American practices today. In this way, participants
of European descent can reawaken their own connection
to Mother Earth, to find their place in the universe on
a deeper level after quarantine.
Friday, June 18th, 2021, 10:30
Seed Song Farm planting of the two younger sisters, beans
and squash. 160 Esopus Avenue, Esopus Landing, Kingston
Sunday, June 20, 2021, 11 AM,
to 4 pm. Summer Solstice Event,
ANA, Seed Song Farm, Neetopk Keetopk, in conjunction with
Old Dutch Church. Seed Song Farm, 160 Ulster Avenue, Esoups
Landing, Kingston NY.12401
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021 6-7
pm live event! Mamakating, Place Where We Gather Under
More Conversations on Local Native History with Author
Mamakating Library 128 Sullivan Street, Wurtsboro, NY
Evan Pritchard will return to the
Mamakating Library to further discuss his research on
local history and culture., and field a few questions
from the audience. A book and map signing will follow,
including the new book Mapping Manahatouac. As we re-emerge
from quarantine, looking to make a new start as a community,
we may be asking ourselves "Where do we fit in?"
"What is our proper place in this universe? In nature?
In history?" Discussion will include questions from
the general to the specific.
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021 7-9
pm, live event!
No Word For Time, a book discussion, part
of a series in High Falls, TBA.
Thursday, June 24th, 2021; 7
- 9 via zoom. (same link as last semester) Summer session
NSU 3 #2 We Are All Indigenous part two, The Shamanic
Roots of World Religions.
Friday, June 25th, 2021 through
Sunday June 27th, 2021,
NACL 110 Highland Lakes Rd. Highland Lakes (on the Delaware)
NY 12743; Experimental theater/ market/ gathering. For
more info contact Tracy at (215)779-1147.
Thursday, July 1st, 2021: NSU
3 #3 7-9 via zoom, workshop Introduction to the Munsee
Using the book Introduction to Lenape Words and
Phrases the author will teach the Munsee language
for beginners as taught to him by the late Munsee elder
Beulah Timothy in 2000. As a follow-up to Herbs Are Verbs
we will also discuss the descriptive names of animals
in Algonquian languages.
Thursday, July 8th, 2021: NSU 3 #4 tba 7-9. "On
the Street Where You Live."
Each workshop participant will be asked to identify two
locations that have been significant in their lives, such
as birth place, and most significant address, including
town and street. We will discuss the Native American history
of that place and what it might tell us about the future.
Saturday, July 10th, 2021: 1
pm, Unearthing the Early History of Lewisboro, NY.
A live talk with Evan Pritchard. Location TBA. For info
contact Bobbe Stultz, email@example.com.
Tuesday, July 13th, 2021: Writing is Becoming.
Ssubject to change; please watch for further posts.
Thursday, July 15th, 2021: NSU 3 #5 7-9 Portages, Gateways
to Native American history and to a Fossil Free Future.
A portage is a gap between two waterways that ancient
canoers had to traverse with boats on their backs. Trails
form along these routes that become major highways. In
this workshop we will explore two types of portages, those
with known histories, and those we can deduce from the
study of maps. All are useful in expanding our awareness
of where we can go even today without fossil fuels, using
our kayaks and our feet in combination; a new/old way
Saturday, July 17th, 2021, 1 pm. Past Lives Matter:
Acknowledging the Indigenous Caretakers of the Land Currently
Outdoor lecture and book/map signing with Evan Pritchard,
1 to 3 pm tentative. Sponsored by Yorktownforjustice.org.
Amawalk Quaker Meeting House, 2467 Quaker Church Road,
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, July 22nd, 2021: NSU 3 #6 7-9 Islands of
For thousands of years, at least since the Golden Age
of Clovis, Native Americans have used islands as rendezvous
points, and even capitols of native nations and sachemdoms.
Often, the crossing trails are still recognizable, and
some are still state capitols today. What you can learn
about islands will surprise you.
Saturday, July 24th, 2021: Book table and signings
in the Seed Song Farm Store, 11 am to 4 pm.
(At the same time as Brass Roots Festival, details subject
to change) Live event. Social distancing. Seed Song Farm,
160 Esopus Avenue, Esopus Landing, Kingston NY.
Thursday, July 29th, 2021: NSU 3 #7 7-9 Mi'kmaq Hieroglyphs
as Keys to Understanding Shamanism in North America.
This workshop will be illustrated by a slide show with
original depictions of the hieroglyphs in question. Evan
will share both historical interpretations and his own
insights as to what they might mean as objects of single-pointed
Thursday, August 5th, 2021: NSU 3 #8 7-9 The Doctrine
of Discovery; What is It and How it Affects Our World
Workshop via zoom, 7-9.
Saturday, August 7th, Sunday August 8th, 2021 Pocumtuck
Turners' Falls, on the Quinnehtukqut River, Unity Park,
Greenfield, Mass. Tom Porter will be featured speaker.
Evan will be available both days for book signings, including
the new Mapping Manahatouac and other new titles and CDs.
Free to the public.
Thursday, August 12th, 2021: NSU 3 #9 7-9 Our Brothers
and Sisters the Plants:
We will discuss the many ways we get help from plants,
focusing on three or four.
Thursday, August 19th, 2021: NSU 3 #10 7-9 Peace Starts
From Within; The New Way of the Heron.
In this workshop we will discuss ways we can find serenity
within ourselves even when dealing with unrest and conflict
around us, and how we can employ that peace in smoothing
out conflicts in the community. We will also discuss the
Way of the Thunderbird and how it compares and contrasts
with the Way of the Heron.
Thursday, August 26th, 2021: NSU 3 #11 7-9 Ask Chipmunk.
In this workshop participants are invited to ask any questions
they have about Native American culture and history, and
also about every day spiritual problems that come up,
including dream and sign interpretation, conflict resolution,
Landkeeper sightings, etc. Bring your inquisitiveness.
Thursday, September 2nd, 2021: NSU 3 #12 7-9 Making
a Plan to be In the Now From Now On.
In this concluding workshop, we will let things fall gently
together and review the material from the summer sessions,
applying it to our everyday lives. We will open ourselves
to oneness amid diversity, to simplicity amid the details,
and to being here and now the best we know how. We will
focus on finding our place in this new, not-yet defined
post-quarantine universe, ever more in touch with the
land and its teachings.
Thursday, September 9th, 2021: NO CLASSES
Friday, September 17th, 2021: Local history talk: Friends
of Historic Rochester
Annual Meeting 7 to 8:30 pm Rochester Reformed Church,
Rochester NY tba.
Wednesday, October 6th ,2021: Memorial Service for Reverend
6 pm St. Gregory's Church, route 212 Woodstock, NY
Saturday, October 9th, 2021 1 pm tentative; Dennings
Point from an Algonquin Perspective.
The River Exhibit Hall at Dennings Point, Beacon Rivers
and Estuaries. Contact Asher Pacht for more information:
Sunday, Monday October 10th-11th, 2021 Indigenous Peoples
To be announced.
Note: Additional topics can
be explored on Tuesday night classes at 7 pm. Please continue
to offer topic suggestions.
Chipmunk Lodge Tuesday "Taskforce"
CL v 1 Mocassin Tracks Tues Jan 5th
RE 1 and 2 Re-envisioning the Land Jan 7th and Jan 8th
See Mama Nuchwe's Story Thurs Jan 14th NSU 2 #1
CL v #2 Way of the Heron in Manhattan Tues Jan 19th "The
Talking Feather Circle Tutorial."
CL v #3 Writing is Becoming February 2nd, 2021 A Rabbit
in the Woods (info on TchiMamus, Tatscatlapoca, Amy uses
noun-verb noun verb pattern)
CL v 4 Writing is Becoming March 2nd
The above is a link to Moccasin
Tracks radio show of Vermont, hosted by Deb Regger, interviewing
Evan Pritchard on a variety of topics. The next live broadcast
is Monday, March 16th, 2020, and will be archived at the
Evan performing songs from 1967 with rock guitar virtuoso
 In this podcast from the radio interview on WGDR March
16 2020, Moccasin Tracks host Deb Reger welcomes back
Algonquin Culture scholar, author, musician, and teacher
Evan Pritchard, who speaks
"The Way of The Heron",
an Algonquin way of governance and conflict resolution,
a way of living that is ancient but relevant in today's
society. He also speaks to doing ritual when you are afraid
and how simple rituals can be sacred because of understanding
and bringing together the elements. Evan reminds us that
we are on a cycle and to remember also the "unseen".
 A historian and
researcher, Evan shares with us about a project he is
working on to interpret very old recordings of Mi'kmaq
songs from 1520. He speaks to an instrument made from
ash wood that makes clacking sounds as the songs were
sung probably for ceremony.
Reading from his new book "Red
Head Band" a poem that he has been
sharing at public readings rallies and concerts we are
inspired! His concerts coming up this summer sound wonderful
as he performs with other Native musicians and shares
his talents and knowledge. Look for events on his webpage
and appreciate his teachings as many know him fondly as
Grandfather Chipmunk. Always a most interesting conversation
with Evan Pritchard, Moccasin Tracks is most appreciative
and honored to share this conversation with you here and
on the syndicated Moccasin Tracks.
the Land (Jan 7 Webinar)
Tracks" interview on "Re-Envisioning the Land"
Kelsey Jr. Walks On
From Center Director Evan Pritchard:
"I knew Charlie for a number
of his 90 years, and we always had fun. He made me feel
like family. It was an honor to talk with him about the
history of the Esopus Munsee Delaware, as I always felt
the spirits of those ancestors around him. Now he is an
the time of his death(very early Christmas morning before
dawn) I was at home talking to my son (also part Munsee)
on the phone and a great tree fell outside my house that
landed with such a resounding boom that it shook the house
like an earthquake had hit. I said to my son Sage "DID
YOU HEAR THAT? That's a sound I've never heard before
in real life...just in movies. A great tree falling over
in death." I told Sage that I was sure someone important
had just died...that sound of the "timber" falling
was a sign from spirit. Then fifteen minutes later the
power went out, leaving me to meditate on the meaning
of it all realizing it might be someone close to me. Days
later I learned that grandpa Charlie had walked on, and
I was shocked. I somehow thought he'd live forever, as
he was always around at every gathering and always at
Pine Hill's Native American festivals. (I had even sung
a journey song at the funeral of a beloved Kelsey family
cat 18 months earlier and it never occurred to me he might
be next.) The great local chief Daniel Nimham was shot
in the battle of Van Cortlandt Park at about 70 years
of age, and was thought to have said "Let me like
an old tree die here..." I know Charlie knew that
quote, or at least of Chief Nimham, and it underscores
the connection between a tree letting go and falling into
the earth, and a great leader letting go of family and
friends and returning to Mother Earth, for life to someday
begin again. It was time for Charlie to let go."
Soon after the funeral I learned
that the Native American peacemaker Hank Adams, 77, had
passed into the spirit world on Christmas Eve, just hours
before Charlie. I never knew Mr. Adams, but he had a reputation
as an effective negotiator and a great leader. Maybe a
branch of that 70 foot long pine tree was for Hank Adams
Visionary Hank Adams Walks On
The Landkeeper Newsletter, Center for Algonquin Culture/
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1. NSU 2 #1 Mama Nuchwe's Story:
The Woman Who Became Leader of the Esopus Confederacy;
Thursday, January 14th, 2021. Separate virtual gathering
(free to the public) at 7 pm on Tuesday January 19th,
2021 on The 350th Anniversary of her Self Portrait/signing
of the Niccols Treaty Renewal with England; with special
guest speakers. Please contact Evan about other possible
socially distant or remote events celebrating this historic
(She is mentioned in the new book Mapping Manahatouac,
$30, includes tax and priority shipping)
2. NSU 2 #2 Way of the Heron (Algonquin Peacemaking)
Thursday January 21st 2021 In further honoring of Mama
Nuchwe, we continue on the topic of wise female leaders
who practiced the art of peacemaking. Also: How the Algonquin
teachings of nonviolence changed the life of Charles Thompson
(and his friend Thomas Jefferson) Henry David Thoreau
(and his friend Horace Greeley), Mohandas Gandhi (and
his friend Pandit Nehru) Thaddeus Stevens (and his friend
Abe Lincoln), Martin Luther King Jr (and his friend John
Lewis) (Jan 18th is ML King Day) and how it can change
yours. Book available The Way of the Heron $20 includes
tax and priority shipping)
3. NSU 2 #3 Gifts of the Lenape
Thursday, January 28th, 2021 (Also The Bear's Birthday
Party! 5th Annual Celebration) In addition to sharing
ice cream and cake for all the bears born at the end of
January (shared virtually, BYO cake) we will discuss numerous
gifts that the "Lenape" nations have given us,
almost none of which has been acknowledged. Evan's books
on the Lenape include Lenape Indian Words and Phrases,
Herbs Are Verbs (about Munsee language) Native
New Yorkers, Westward Migrations (poetry but educational)
Mapping Manahatouac, The Tappan, Keepers of the
River Crossings, Double Dutched, Red Head Band,
4. NSU 2 #4 Tobacco, Algonquin Gold
February 4th, 2021. In this workshop we will strive to
cultivate the highest respect for the ceremonial use of
tobacco as it is taught in Algonquin culture, treating
it like gold. We apologize to the spirt of tobacco for
the modern use of toxic chemicals in cigarettes, and mainly
focus on its non-smoking uses. Tobacco will be offered
to the groundhog and the bear, in gratitude for the return
of the light, but also to Mother Earth herself. (No
Word For Time is a good companion book, $30 includes
tax and priority shipping)
5. NSU 2 #5 Eagles Know What to Do (They Celebrate
Valentines Day too!)
February 11th 2021; Learn about how eagles invented Valentines'
Day, and some of our courtship practices, and how much
birds do for humans even if we are not paying attention.
Recommended reading Bird Medicine, $28 includes
tax and priority ship)
6. NSU 2 #6 Indians in George Washington's Closet
February 18th, 2021 (Washington's Birthday is February
22nd, 1742) Washington's relationship with Native Americans
was doomed by his thirst for land and for a sovereign
America free of invasion. New research suggests he maintained
a good relationship with the Munsee Delaware and Oneida
of the New York area his whole life. Open discussion.
7. NSU 2 #7 Sign Language-Praying With Your Hands
February 25rd , 2021 Evan will demonstrate both singing
and speaking accompanied by native hand signs, including
a giving of thanks.
8. NSU 2 #8 High Meditations, Algonquin Folk Beliefs
about Altitude and The Power of Spirit.
Thursday, March 4th 2021 In this workshop we will march
forth into the landscape of our imaginations and explore
new heights from an Algonquin perspective in which altitude
is mysteriously connected to spiritual awakening. We will
also talk about Landkeepers, ancestral guardians of the
land it is said occupy the high places.
9. NSU 2 #9 Tassiomancy Among the Algonquins (IE
Tea Leaf Readings And Other Oracular Traditions)
Thursday, March 11th, 2021 In this workshop Evan will
demonstrate tea leaf reading, tossing cowrie shells, tossing
peach pits, reading bird signs (using his Bird Medicine
Cards), and dice. He will also share stories of
unexpected signs that turned out to be meaningful to him.
10. NSU 2 #10 A Dance of Balance Between Sun, Moon,
Earth and Sky, Meditations on the equinox in Algonquin
Thursday March 18th, 2021 (and a nod to St Patrick) If
anyone can balance an egg at noon and share a film clip
in class they will get half off on their free will donation.
We will also talk about the importance of shadows and
alignments, although no dancing on tables permitted. (You
may enjoy Out of Left Field, which talks
about the Native American origins of baseball and astronomy
as well. $20 includes tax and priority shipping)
11. NSU 2 #11 The Return of the Feathered Ones,
NOTE CHANGE: (we will use bird cards instead of real birds)
Thursday March 25th 2021. We will go past Bird Medicine
and explore new stories of encounters with the four strong
birds, eagles, hawks, crows and owls. (Bird Medicine,
book not required, $28 includes book, plus tax in NY State
plus priority shipping)
12. NSU 2 #12 The Wisdom of the Fool, aka Ask Chipmunk
You never know what will happen next.
Thursday April 1st, 2021. (April Fool's Day, y'all) We
will cultivate the flexible, open minded state of surrendering
to the moment (but not to the cavalry) not knowing what
will happen next but being ready for it anyway
being ready to laugh out loud. LOL. Bring a sense of humor
and a watch because a fool is reborn every minute.
13. NSU 2 #13 Self Healing and Self Protection with
the Help of Spirit Allies
Thursday April 8th 2021. When walking the medicine path,
it is likely we will be expanded into new and unfamiliar
terrain spiritually. We will need to be prepared, to be
self-reliant and also know where we can get help in a
14. NSU 2 #14 NOTE CHANGE: SACRED GEOMETRY AND ARCHITECTURE
IN ALGONQUIN SOCIETY Thursday April 15th 2021. Evan
will give a power-point lecture on sacred geometry in
Algonquin spirituality and how it has inspired various
forms of architecture and design in Algonquin society,
and how these concepts might help modern artists and architects
today find ways to incorporate spirituality into their
designs. Based on a lecture given recently at Columbia
15. NSU 2 #15 For Earth Day: How To Think Like an Algonquin
Thursday April 22nd, 2021. This whole semester could be
called "how to think like an Algonquin" however
this world view is most helpful in understanding and appreciating
"mother earth," as she is spoken of in Algonquian
languages and in fact.
16. NSU 2 #16 May Day; A Time of Unfoldment and Transformation
Thursday April 29th, 2021 We will talk about the Seven
Stages of Unfoldment in Algonquin Spiritual Traditions
and how to unfold the soul like a flower. This is such
a deep subject, Evan once did a four week series of sold
out workshops at the New York Open Center on this topic.
This is the short "locked down in the Catskills"
version. Aspects of this are mentioned in Sacred
Ways of Manitou, ($15 plus 9% tax NY State, plus
$8.50 priority shipping)
17. NSU 2 #17 Connecting with the Heart of the Mother;
A Day to Honor Mothers, but especially Mother Earth. Thursday
May 6th, 2021. We will discuss the importance of mothers
in native culture. We will make or renew our vows to love
the earth as our mother so that we make better decisions
concerning her wellbeing and that of seven generations
to follow us. Bring loving stories about your own mother,
or perhaps your mother's mother. A good companion book
is Before the Heart Fell Open, a collection
of original read-aloud poems, $10 plus priority ship)
18. NSU 2 # 18 Things Fall Together "Mah-wee-da-jik"
Thursday May 13th, 2021. We will talk about the little
miracles that happen every day; perfectly natural, not
"supernatural." In Mi'kmaq, its all part of
allowing things to "fall together," allowing
spiritual gravity time to take its course, which is for
our own benefit. Why force things when they already want
to fall together naturally to teach your heart how to
love? This is mentioned in No Word For Time ($20 plus
tax and ship)