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PO Box 259 Rosendale, NY 12472 ~ (845)266-9231


Updated January 2018
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Center for Algonquin Culture
PO Box 259 Rosendale NY 12472
(CAC Learning Center is on Mossy Brook Road, Rosendale, call (845) 377-1110

EVENTS LISTING March 21st, 2018
Center for Algonquin Culture www.algonquinculture.org
Evan.pritchard7@gmail.com (845)377-1110
All listings subject to change: Please report any inaccuracies, and please RSVP

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018: Writing is Becoming. 6 to 9 pm, no break. We will meet again in Rosendale around a table near a fire place with hot tea and crackers. Now in its third year. We will discuss framing a quotation, juxtaposing opposites, code poems, and much more. RSVP evan.pritchard7@gmail.com (845)377-1110. $25 class fee. Now available, the "COMPLETE" edition of Writing is Becoming $10.

Friday, March 23rd, 2018: Seven Forgotten Tribes of the Hudson Valley: A New Illustrated Lecture with Evan Pritchard, on the Wampanosch, Tappan, Ahqua, (Aquanessing) Skonanokee, Waoraneck (including Pochuck and Mistucky), Sepasco, and Acquacanonk, all lost nations of our local Mohican, Delaware, and Wappingers Confederacies that never made it into your High School curriculum. Merritt Book Store, PO Box 1156/57 Front Street, Millbrook, NY 12545; $7-$10 suggested donation. 7 pm lecture followed by Q and A and book signing. For information call Merritt Books (Alison) (845)677-5857 or contact Evan at evan.pritchard7@gmail.com

Saturday, March 24th, 2018: DAHO! A Spring Equinox Concert of Algonquin-Inspired Music with Evan Pritchard and his Djee-gum-a-desq Orchestra (which is really the audience, including some unusual audience participation). Pine Plains Public Library, 2 to 4 PM. All donations freely accepted. Concert will include traditional and semi-pop-traditional Algonquin music, with guitars, flutes, drums, shakers, sweet potatoes, clapping, whistling, foot-stomping poetry reading, story-telling, and of course...the mighty Djeegumadesq!! Pine Plains Public Library, 7775 South Main, Pine Plains, NY (route 82 and 199) 2 to 4 pm, all donations accepted. For more information, contact Veronica, at (518)398-1927, or email pineplainsdirector @gmail.com (see poster)

Sunday, March 25th, 2018: Rosendale Farmers Market (behind the Rosendale Theater) 10-2, story telling and music.

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018: On Eagles' Wings with Cherokee singer/film actress activist Joan Henry, featured guest. Stony Point Conference Center. Suggested donation $30 but no one turned away.

Thursday, March 29th, 2018: A camp gathering for kids focused on learning about Native American culture with Evan Pritchard. We will build a wigwam from scratch, using sacred geometry and available materials. Seed Song Farm, Kingston. 10 AM to 3 PM. Meet at the "hoop house" on Esopus Avenue for orientation.

Saturday, March 31st, 2018: COSM Full Moon Gathering, 7:30 to whenever. On this second blue moon of the year Evan will share spring equinox teachings of the ancient past, describing the "Moon Turtle Calendar" and medicine wheel, and talk about what is going on right now. Look for announcements about a COSM workshop.

Sunday, April 1st, 2018: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rock Tavern, (UURT) 9 Vance Road, Rock Tavern, NY Easter sermon on hope and faith in Native American spirituality. Evan Pritchard evan.pritchard7@gmail.com (845)377-1110
Everything Happens for a Reason. Spring is a time of renewed hope. What is the difference between faith and hope from the indigenous perspective? Spring gives us renewed hope for a new beginning, and new growth. Faith is the conviction that, even if the growth is slow and painful at times, "everything happens for a reason," even if we can't figure out the reason. It's not about what we want, but about what we can learn, from the close observation of nature. This Easter, let us remember times when things worked out according to a plan larger than our own.

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018: Sacred Heart School. Evan will conduct Native American mindfulness and medicine wheel workshops with all third grade students. Closed, but similar programs available for all schools.

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018: On Eagle's Wings, at Stony Point Conference Center, 19 Cricketown Road, Stony Pt. NY, with guest speaker Mohawk elder Gail Whitlow. 7 to 9 pm. Suggested donation $30 but no one turned away for financial reasons.

Saturday April 14th, 2018: NEARA conference in Southbury, CT. Evan will present a power point lecture, 4 to 5 pm Saturday, on the use of calendar turtles, "Hoops Within Hoops, Algonquin Cycles of Time," based on material explored in the book Henry Hudson and the Algonquins of New York. He will be signing books throughout the event. Heritage Hotel, 522 Heritage Rd Southbury, Ct. (202)264-8200. Write webmaster@neara.com Take route 84 east to exit 15; the hotel is right off the exit.

Sunday April 15th, 2018: The Blossoming of the Soul: Seven Stages of Unfoldment in Algonquin Spiritual Tradition. Once we plant the seed of intention for spiritual growth, in the soil of our inner tranquility and stability, the soul begins to blossom. This unfoldment often occurs in stages; Deep peace, wisdom, the awakening of the heart, the awakening to our dreams, then Neoline or enlightenment. Then we become the Tool of the Creator, and then Dreamwalker. Then before the end of our Earthwalk, we can offer ourselves back to spirit as a Madnaq Hakee, or Landkeeper. Some may have past life experiences on the Algonquin Red Road, so for them, these can happen in any order, but this is the teaching structure, and each of these stages have their own history and tradition, often taught separately. Based on Mi'kmaq traditions explored in the book Sacred Ways of Manitou, available for signing at the workshop. 2 to 5 PM. $25 Neolyth, 39 Glen Ridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ. (646)256-0515 See Neolyth meetup page for map, etc. https://www.meetup.com/Montclair_ Shamanic_Circle/events/249000459/

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018: The Tappan: Keepers of the River Crossings, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Tappan Library, contact Peter Haxton (914)359-3877. Author Evan Pritchard will go into depth about the amazing history of the forgotten Tappan Indians, as presented in his new book The Tappan: Keepers of the River Crossings. With unveiling of the new map of Rockland County, a power-point on the Tappan, and much more. Copies of the new 225 page book will be available to sign.

Saturday, April 21st, 2018: Mamaroch and the Indigenous People of Ulster County; A Talk by Evan Pritchard; 7 to 9 pm, by donation. Sunkskwa/Female Sachem of the local Esopus Indians of Ulster County, Mamaroch, gave her peace speech on this day 343 years ago, declaring that all people desire peace "as much as anybody desires the light of early morning which is pleasant to everybody." Peace reined in Kingston for one hundred years afterwards. Come sing and drum and learn about Mamaroch's people. African Roots Library 43 Gill Street, Kingston, NY 12401. Contact Odell Winfield, director (914)388-3092 www.africanrootslibrary.org.

Sunday, April 22nd 2018: Earth Day Workshop: Helping Creation Continue: Ten Simple Ceremonies to Honor the Earth. In honor of Earth Day 2018, Evan will lead us in ten indoor and outdoor (weather permitting) ceremonies that will help amplify through simple ritual our inherent devotion to Mother Earth so that we tap more deeply into the feeling of love that all children have for their mother. These are ceremonies that participants can repeat at home. 1. We sing earth mother spirit song. 2. We offer tobacco to fire wind water and earth. 3. We each improvise a drum song in praise of mother earth. 4. We talk to a tree or plant as messenger of mother earth. 5. We write a prayer on birchbark and burn it. 6. We make a prayer ribbon bundle and tie it to a tree. 7. We speak to mother earth in meditation. 8. We place stones on the ground in form of medicine wheel. 9. We cut a snip of our hair and let the wind take it as offering and as an expression of sorrow for all the harm to earth that has been done. 10. We lay upon the earth and make a covenant of protection and love with her. Mirabai Books, 23 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY. 12498. Pre-register at (845)679-2100. www.mirabai.com.

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018: On Eagle's Wings; featuring Karin Gordineer and Plant spirit medicine, outside and inside workshop. Stony Point Conference Center, 19 Cricketown Road, Stony Pt. NY 7 to 9.

Sunday, May 5th, 2018: "Take a Hike" with Evan Pritchard; walking tour 10 am to 12 noon. Hudson Highlands Museum, Cornwall, NY. Tentative but save the date; We will learn about the Hudson Highlands in a Native American context, and learn native hand signing as it relates to wildlife, for those moments when you don't want to make a sound. Contact Nicole Wooten at (845) 424-3358x5.

Sunday, May 6th, 2018: Balance and Harmony. Meredith Millen and Evan Pritchard share ancient and contemporary healing modalities to help participants to find inner balance in harmony with opposites, as a good foundation for spiritual unfoldment and a good way to live. We will work with stones in a variety of ways. 2 to 4 pm, $25; Montgomery, NY. TBA.

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018: On Eagle's Wings; The Last Class. 7 to 9 pm. Evan will help students integrate and absorb what they have learned from the five previous speakers to gain a bigger picture of Native American spirituality. We will discuss ways we plan to apply these teachings to our own lives so that our spirits may soar a little higher in these stormy times. Bring a notebook and an open mind. Suggested donation $30, but no one turned away for financial reasons.

Friday, May 11th, 2018: "Native American History in Ulster County: The Minisink Trail and the Path to Water"
In this powerpoint illustrated lecture, Native author and historian Evan Pritchard will present an overview of native settlements and trails in what is now Ulster County, using his recently published wall map, Esopus Munsee Territories in Ulster County. He will also discuss the history of the Minisink Trial, now 209, and its ancient inter-relationship with water, dating back to the time of mastodons. $5 per person goes to support renovations on the D&H Museum. Q and A and book signing afterwards. 7 to 9 PM. D&H Museum, 23 Mohonk Rd and 213. Contact museum at (845)687-9311 or David Kime at (845)246-2038; davidgeorgekime@gmail.com.

Saturday, May 12th, 2018: The Altar of the Earth, a special all day ceremonial gathering at Rick Jarow's, 123 Academy Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY. Details TBA!

Saturday, May 19th, 2018: Millbrook Literary Festival, Millbrook Library, Main Street, Millbrook, NY sponsored by Merritt Books. 9 to 5 pm; Evan will chair Native American Poetry Panel and much more. His new poetry book Red Head Band-A Bindle Stick of Poems will also be released. (845)677-5469.

Friday, June 1st, 2018: "Tecumseh and Pushmataha, The Great Debate!" A stage play by Sally Bermanzohn, adapted from her novel "Indian Annie." 6 PM? Starring Reverend Nick Miles as Tecumseh, and Reverend Evan Pritchard as Pushmataha, this dialogue recreates a pivotal debate between these two chiefs that preceded the War of 1812. The Rail Trail Café, (outdoors) near Stone Mountain Farm, in Tillson, NY.

Thursday, June 7th, 2018: "Gathering Around the Fire: The Mamakating and the Minisink Trail" In this illustrated lecture, Evan will go into depth about the Mamakating (place-in-the-pines-where-we-gather-at-the-fire) region and its native history. We will also discuss Wawarsing, Socconessing, Ioskawasting, Awosting, Kerhonkson, and Wurtsboro, formerly known as Shawanoesburg (Hill-of-the-Shawnee Indians). We'll discuss the differences between the Shawnee and the Munsee Delaware associated with the Minisink Trail, now route 209. The talk will be followed by Q and A and book signings. 7 to 9 PM, Mamakating Library, 128 Sullivan Street, Wurtsboro, NY 12790, contact Peggy Johansen, (845)888-8004 pjohansen@rcls.org.

Friday, June 15th, 2018: ANA (Association of Native Americans) solstice party at Nick's lodge in evening. revnickmiles@yahoo.com

June 21st, 2018: Summer Solstice with Neetopk-Keetopk (My Friends-Your Friends)

June 29th, to July 7th, 2018: Canoe Trip Down the Wallkill, Welcoming reception in New Paltz. Neetopk Keetopk. TBA

July 14th, 2018: Stone House Tour of Kingston area with Cloudbreakers Drum Circle. Revnickmiles@yahoo.com

July 14th, 2018: Big Indian Powwow, at Big Indian Camp Ground, route 28, Big Indian, New York 11 to 5; grand entry at noon. Evan will perform from 11 to 12, with drum songs, guitar, flute, and local history. Contact Tony Moonhawk to vend: moonhawktitw@msn.com.

July 15th, 2018: Big Indian Powwow, as above. Contact Tony Moonhawk at moonhawktitw@msn.com.

TBA The Landkeepers and the Land: Connecting With the Earth We Stand On. Neolyth Center, 39 Glen Ridge Road, Montclair, NJ.

Evan Pritchard has five new books:

o The new hardback edition of Native American Stories of the Sacred from Turner Books of Nashville. $26 plus postage ($6 for priority postage) from PO 259 Rosendale, NY 12472.

o People of Manitou: The first complete version of this biographical history of the Algonquin people. Based on the earlier (limited edition) Algonquin Eagle Song from 2001. Self published, Resonance Books (comb binding) $10 plus postage. PO Box 259, Rosendale.

o The Tappan: The Keepers of the River Crossings; The Lenape Nation that Helped America Discover Itself (Resonance, comb binding, 220 pp.) There are a lot of things they didn't tell you in school. This book opens up a whole new chapter on American history, as it was never told before. $15 plus postage. PO Box 259 Rosendale.

o Also coming soon: A new edition of Red Head Band-A Bindle Stick of Poems by Evan Pritchard

o Also: A newly revised edition of Music as Medicine for Troubled Nation, a 200 page book about things musical in 1967. $15 plus postage

Many illustrated lectures available: Ask to see catalogue.


Here is the link for the History Channel show, Oak Island Mystery: The Knights Templar Connection, featuring Evan at 28 minutes onward. There are other ways to watch it archivally. Also the History Channel will be rebroadcasting at various times, see weekly TV listings. Very interesting show.

Braided Way Magazine: May the Path Be Beautiful

NY Spirit Magazine: Urban Biophilia

(Look for more links for NY Spirit magazine in the near future)

Vermont Cable TV program; Wabanaki Spirituality: Praying with Our Hands

Vermont Cable TV program: Wabanaki Spirituality: Bird Medicine and You

Moccasin Tracks radio

Jimmy Buff Show, WKNY AM 2/23/18

Welcome Yule Part One
Evan played some prominent percussion in this choral work celebrating Standing Rock.

Look for Welcome Yule Part Two. Evan played the cedar flute in the manner of a wolf howl ala Paul Winter in the second half of this amazing concert with Ars Choralis.

On Eagle's Wings Matinecock pt 1

On Eagle's Wings Matinecock pt 2

To receive our electronic newsletter, The Landkeeper, email evan.pritchard7@gmail.com.

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