Sat., Jan. 26, 4-6pm: Bear Moon/Mid-Winter Celebration: Library at AJWM African Roots Center, 43 Gill Street, Kingston; Neetopk Keetopk sponsors circle dancing, singing, story telling, featuring Cloud Breakers drum group and Red Feather Singers.
Sun., Jan. 27, 4-7pm: The Celestial Bear Comes to Earth, and Other Imperceptible Signs of Hope; During this dark-looking time of year, the constellation Ursa Major (The Bear/Big Dipper) comes back down to the horizon, heals itself of its wounds, and gives birth to babies for the only time this year. With it comes 10+ hours of light per day, enough to inspire underground seeds to sprout, chickens to lay, and ewes and other mammals to give milk. Life begins again. The celestial bear also ends starvation, as it gives women of the Lenape/Munsee a vision of where to find one bear willing to sacrifice its life so that all may live, launching a 14 day cycle of feasting and ceremony. The bear also looks for its shadow, the ultimate weather forecast and psychic consultation. We go within to glimpse the future, and bless ourselves with “bear energy” to strengthen ourselves to embrace that future with a big bear hug. Bring a bear image; a teddy bear, a stone medicine bear, a Cubs jacket, a Green Bear tee shirt, etc. Evan also discusses his own Mi’kmaq bear lodge insights. https://www.meetup.com/Montclair_Shamanic_Circle/events/255828998/?isFirstPublish=true or call (646)256-0515 Master of Imbolch Lore Brian McGuire. Neolyth, 39 Glenridge Road, Montclaire, NJ. 4 to 7 pm.
FEBRUARY “Deep Snow Moon” (X-what-eh-wee Cone Nee-pawq-hoom in Munsee)
Sat., Feb. 2, Imbolch in Rosendale, NY to be announced by smoke signals. Please check your local skies.
Sun., Feb. 3: Four Goals of Algonquin Spirituality: Wisdom Power Knowledge Compassion, a workshop exploring the practical spirituality of our local Native Americans with Evan Pritchard $20/$25 Mirabai Books, 2 to 4 pm. 23 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock, NY (845)679-2100. In this workshop we explore each of these 4 goals, and how they relate to the Red Road teachings and the 4 directions of the Medicine Wheel. Through inner journeying we visualize ourselves growing through 3 stages of unfoldment towards each of these goals until they become real to us. By choosing a direction of the medicine wheel, choosing an action to change our consciousness, and choosing a quality we want to cultivate, we are led naturally to fulfilling one of these goals, each one an important resource for moving forward in our daily lives. From there we explore 3 more stages, realizing outcomes, seeking a related livelihood, and attaining to transendent virtues of Neoline or enlightenment. This totals 7 stages, completing a cycle. The way these 4 goals inter-relate is complex but putting these teachings into action is simple; all it takes is faith in the process.
Participants should bring paper and pen, and be prepared to acquire many new resources for organizing their spiritual lives, according to ancient traditions. This workshop is especially useful for those who are spiritually minded but who are not comfortable with the word God.
Thurs., Feb. 7, 6-9pm: Developing Your Intuition with Etaoqua, Boughton Place, 150 Kisor Road, Highland NY. Practical experience in using your intuition with instant feedback in a safe and secure environment. Evan may assist. Contact etaoqua for details. $25/20 for students and seniors.
Fri., Feb. 8: 6:30pm: ANA (Association of Native Americans) pot luck followed by drumming and dancing. By donation. Bloomington United Reformed Church, 11 Church St., off Main St., Bloomington, NY (off 32 just south of Kingston)
Sat., Feb. 9, 7-9pm: Herbs Are Verbs: What Indigenous Words for Plants and Animals Can Teach Us About Reciprocity. There are few nouns in Algonquin speech, but there are words we would translate with nouns, thereby distorting the relational/reciprocal view of reality they describe. The actual “thing” words are clusters of verbs, adjectives, modifiers, gender signs, time indicators, and those root verbs encourage relationship. A lot of the reciprocity becomes clear when used in typical phrases. There’s no commonly used noun for “teacher;” Nee gee-gehn-oo geezkuk; kee gee-gehn sabownuk means “I am teaching you today; you will teach me tomorrow.” To teach is a verb but it happens reciprocally. A verb usually happens to something else, and it is usually reciprocal. Pipsissewa is an herb whose Mi’kmaq name means “it breaks up the (gall/kidney) stones.” Breaks up/dissolves is the root. Even colors are verbs in Mi’kmaq, and they really are.
If a tobacco leaf is green we would say it is nee-buch-ta-moo, “it is being the color of the forest in summer.” If we dry it, it may become another color, then another. So colors in nature are verbs as are the plants that do them. When we see everything as verbs we can begin to see ourselves as verbs too, a dynamic being in action, not just an “owner of lonely heart.” Native “spirit names” tend to be verb oriented, referring to visible things, but it is not a possession-oriented world. Herbs have spirit names, as do animals, and they generally tell us of their power to heal or to harm—acting in reciprocity with all that is. And is is a verb. No experience necessary.
Flower Power Root and Herb Shop, 449 Piermont Avenue, Piermont, NY 10968; $30, some scholarships available.
Sun., Feb. 10, 5pm: Stories and Songs by the Fire, at Seed Song Farm, 160 Esopus Ave., Kingston, NY
Sun., Feb 24, 1:30 - 4:00 pm -Speaking Our Truth, Healing our Wounds. Join in community at
Kingston, NY’s Old Dutch Church, honoring Native Americans killed in the Pavonia Massacre,
Feb. 24 - 25, 1643, with the screening of the new documentary, Dawnland, assessing the suffering
caused by the inhumane forced adoption of Native American infants into none indigenous families
in recent years, continuing the cultural genocide begun in 1643.
Mon., Feb. 25, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Remembering those who experienced and survived the
Pavonia massacre of 1643, at Old Dutch Church in Kingston, NY. A healing opportunity for all who
participate in this ceremony with Etaoqua and Evan Pritchard.
Thurs., Feb. 28, 7 - 10 pm: “The Heart of the Eagle; Love Songs for the Earth.” with Matoaka
Tribal Harmony at the Falcon Live! Contact the Falcon for updates.
The Falcon, 1348 route 9W, Marlboro, NY at the falls. (845) 236-7970.
MARCH “Crow Moon” (Aahaasuwi Hiipaahum)
Sat., March 2, 2pm: SUNKSKWA--Women Leaders of the Esopus Munsee. In this powerpoint
illustrated lecture, Evan discusses the life of Mama Roch, Sunkskwa of the Esopus Munsee Delaware
(Lenape) of upper Ulster County, with more detail than in previous lectures. Beginning with a map-
enriched overview of Esopus Munsee territory covering most of Ulster County, he will attempt a
chronological view of her life, then reveal little-known facts about Esopus’ migration to Oquaga, and
the fate they met there, including Butler’s Raid of 1778 in which Oquaga was burned to the ground.
An hour lecture plus Q & A, signing of The Tappan: Keepers of the River Crossings and other books.
Saugerties Public Library, 91 Washington Ave., Saugerties, NY 12477 (next to High School) 845-246-4317.
Fri., March 8, 6:30pm: ANA (Association of Native Americans) pot luck followed by drumming and dancing. By donation. Bloomington United Reformed Church, 11 Church St., off Main St., Bloomington, NY (off 32 just south of Kingston)
Fri., March 8, 7pm: Four Practical Goals in the Medicine Wheel Tradition - Wisdom Power Knowledge Compassion
A workshop exploring the practical spirituality of our local Native Americans with Evan Pritchard In this workshop we will explore each of these four goals, and how they relate to the Red Road teachings and the four directions of the Medicine Wheel. By choosing a direction of the medicine wheel, choosing an action to change our consciousness, and choosing a quality we want to cultivate, we are led naturally to fulfilling one of these goals, each one an important resource for moving forward in our daily lives. From there we will explore three more stages, realizing outcomes, seeking a related livelihood, and attaining to transcendent virtues of Neoline or enlightenment. This totals seven stages, completing a cycle. The way these four goals inter-relate is complex but putting these teachings into action is simple; all it takes is faith in the process. Participants should bring paper and pen, prepared to acquire many new resources for organizing their spiritual lives. $20 Sacred Space, 465 Main Street, Beacon NY 12508
Sat., March 9, 11am : Maple Moon Celebration and Pancake Lunch - re-scheduled from Mar. 2
A fun family celebration of the Maple Tree featuring real maple syrup on pancakes and other treats,
live music and singing around the sap boiler, tree tapping demonstration, tree gratitude ceremony.
Acknowledge the sap collectors throughout the community participating in the Atharhacton Maple
Project (details at SeedSongFarm.org/Maple), a partnership of Seed Song Center, Good Work Institute, Kingston Land Trust, Black History Month Kingston, Kingston Parks & Recreation, Neetopk Keetopk, and many participating organizations.
Free admission, fee for pancakes and refreshments. More Info: info@seedsongfarm or (845) 383-1528.
Sat. March 9, 4-6pm: Women and Earth: A Celebration of Women’s History Month. Featuring Sarah Elisabeth, herb farmer speaking on the Wise Woman Tradition, and Sally Bermanzohn, teacher/writer, speaking on Native American women farmers and leaders. At African Roots Library, 43 Gill St., Kingston, NY.
Sat., March 16, 4-6 pm: THE LINEAGE AND LEGACY OF WOMEN'S DRUMMING TRADITIONS. Featuring Ubaka Hill. Presentation. Exhibit. Music. Library at AJWM African Roots Center, 43 Gill St, Kingston
Wed., March 20, 5-8pm: Spring Equinox Celebration, Seed Song Farm. [Actual equinox 5:58pm EDT] Gathering at 5 pm. Ceremonial fire will be lit at the moment of equinox at 5:58 pm, song and ceremony to follow. Then pot luck [bring a favorite dish]. Full moon at 9:42pm.