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Updated 4 January 2023
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(Not an accredited institution)
Educational Outreach Project of Center for Algonquin Culture in Times of Covid 19

Natural State University Winter/Spring Semester (NSU #4)2022
With Professor Evan Pritchard evan.pritchard7@gmail.com
All14 classes are 90 minutes or more. (Not an accredited institution)

The suggested donation for all single classes is $20.22 (all donations accepted)
Suggested donation for all 14 is $250 in advance.
Topics subject to Change

Natural State University, with Professor Evan Pritchard
Winter Semester Jan-Feb-March, 2023 Class Schedule PDF

The suggested donation for each class is $20.23, via Paypal, using evan.pritchard7@gmail.com as address. If by check, make check to Evan Pritchard and mail to Evan Pritchard PO Box 259, Rosendale NY 12472. Please email also to above address with your name and address (both email and USPS) and amount sent as temporary proof of payment. Everyone will receive zoom link in a poster for each class. Every student enrolled in any class gets a free scanned "anniversary" copy of Resonance Magazine/SFP and a 2023 NSU wall art calendar) The winter medicine course is a ten week semester. You can enroll for the entire semester for $150. If you miss the first or any class you paid for you will receive a video recording. You may also purchase a recording of any class by donation. Limited scholarships available.

"Winter Medicine"

NSU #1 Thursday, January 5th: Living in the Here and Now-Neegeh-Gachami.
Out of the Head (Aleutian Wisdom) Meditations on Empty Mind, Full Heart.Clearing away the past.Purification ceremony. Seven Daily Tobacco Prayers. Perihelion, earth is closest to sun. Parallels between Kwanzaa (ends Jan 1) and Great Lodge (Midewiwin) Teachings of the Anishinabe. Full Moon (Fri 6:08 pm)

NSU #2 Thursday, January 12th: O What a Tangled Web We Weave… A Workshop on Non-Violence to Self. Grandmother Spider's web is a symbol of peacemaking in Algonquin culture. In the shadow of her teachings about interconnectedness is her teaching about making good boundaries and not getting tangled up in your own web, or the webs of others. As both are essential for keeping the peace, so balance is the key to achieving non-violence to self. Notes on Treaty of Fort Clark and the lost Treaty of Hoboken.

NSU #3 Thursday, January 19th: Fibrins-The Phanton Menace; new reasons to keep a simple diet, as Nature intended. Also, The lost Native American history of Woodstock, NY, the Waughkonk Band of the Esopus Munsee. Meditations on new beginnings. M. L. King discussion. Guest speaker Angeline will talk about MLK and early sit ins, and also talk about alternative health practices. New Moon on Saturday.

NSU #4 Thursday January 26: Happy Bearday; Annual Honoring of the Baby Bears' Birthday Meditations with the Bear Protectors. The Bear Sacrifice, Robin and Bear. Guardians for the guardians.

NSU #5 Thursday, February 2nd: Punksutawney Day and the Munsee Westward Migration. Ground Hogs Day aka Imbolch (Candlemas). Full Moon on Feb 5 Halfway through winter. A day for foretelling the future; ceremonies using oracle devices, tassiomancy, etc. Feb 1st, National Freedom Day, first sit-ins at Greensboro, NC.

NSU #6 Thursday, February 9th: Sky Medicine Teachings (12 levels of clouds meditation, Eagle Mating Time (Valentine's Day) Eagle Spirit meditations.

NSU #7 Thursday, February 16th: Islands of Fire: The Worldwide use of Islands as Council Fire Places; The Island of Taiwan, The Great Mother of Peace (Mother Language Day is 21st ) Meditations on Love, and Loving Kindness. Also Honoring Delaware Peacemaker, Neolin. Avatar movie as history.

NSU #8 Thursday February 23rd: Apology Day, a New Holiday for Our Times - Katonah, Pavonia (Paulus Hook) and Corlears Hook Massacres (2/25-26) . Personal Apology Meditation. Honoring The Canarsie, Keepers of the Watershed." Hopi Purification Day Pa-mu-ya)

NSU #9 Thursday, March 2nd: Going To the Wild Within World Wildlife Day (3/3) Self-healing shamanic meditations on merging with animal powers. Also animal communication.

NSU #10 Thursday, March 9th: semester in review-and in action, moving forward into 2023.

NSU make-up (if needed), March 16th: St Patrick's Day, meditation on guardian and ancestral spirits.


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 above stem.


[1] 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 about "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".

[2] 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.

Re-Envisioning the Land (Jan 7 Webinar)

"Moccasin Tracks" interview on "Re-Envisioning the Land"

Charles 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 ancestor.
About 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 as well."

Native Visionary Hank Adams Walks On

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Chief William Commanda passed into the spirit world August 3rd, 2011. Memorial services began the following day and his body was buried on Friday, August 5th, 2011.
I wrote this song for the occasion and sang it at the memorial services.

~ Evan

I Think of You
(To William Commanda)

Copyright © 2011 Evan Pritchard

Ojigwano, Ojigwano, born beneath a morning star long ago
Shine your light from heaven, Ojigwano, Shine your light from heaven now.

I think of you and all the songs we played and I think of you and all the jokes we made,
and I think of you whenever I'm afraid and I say a prayer my friend and I think of you, Ojigwano.
And I think of you when fiddlers strike a tune, and I think of you when I sing to the moon
And I think of you whenever flowers bloom, I say a prayer my friend and I think of you, Ojigwano.


I think of you when snow begins to fall, and I think of you whenever eagles call
And I think of you at every waterfall, I say a prayer my friend and I think of you, Ojigwano.
And I think of you and all the trails we blazed, and I think of you and all the Hell we raised
And I think of you and I still stand amazed, I say a prayer my friend and I think of you, Ojigwano.


I think of you and all the time we spent, and I think of you and what the words all meant
And I think of all the helping hands you lent, I say a prayer my friend and I think of you, Ojigwano.
And I think of how you grew up on the run, and I think of all the battles you have won
You built a rainbow bridge to make us one, I say a prayer my friend and I think of you, Ojigwano.


I think of you when wolves begin to howl, and I think of you when I'm watched by an owl
And when I think I should throw in the towel I say a prayer my friend and think of you, Ojigwano.
I think of you when eagles call my name, and I think of you when I think I'm to blame
And I think of you when I feel I've been tamed, I say a prayer my friend and I think of you, Ojigwano.


I think of you and why you had to die, and I think of you and I try not to cry
But if life's a prayer in action I know why, 'cause you had your say, my friend, and I'm thanking you, Ojigwano.
I think of you and all the songs we played, and I think of you and all the jokes we made
And I think of you whenever I'm afraid, I say a prayer my friend and I think of you, Ojigwano.

CHORUS (variation)
Ojigwano, Ojigwano, left this earth beneath his star not long ago
Shine your light from heaven, Ojigwano, shine your light from heaven now. o o o



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