Our Mission Statement
The Koasek Traditional Band of the Sovereign Abenaki Nation, New England & Eastern Canada, is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of our Native culture in our traditional ways regarding our ancient territory.
Through partnership and cooperation with other Native people, we strive to unite within the Wabanaki Confederacy in peace and harmony. We strive to educate our members in our ancient ways and customs while incorporating these tools in our contemmporary Native life today.
Priority is given to respect, honor and peace between our Abenaki cousins and humanity while protecting the earth and
all living things.
Expanding on our Mission Statement
Our long journey from ancient times to the present has left the Koasek peoples stronger and wiser, having withstood the test of time. Our self-determination to maintain and preserve our tribal family relationships has reached far and wide, helping to pass on the courage to stand up to persecution, sterilization and attempted extermination. Today we stand stronger than ever in our determination to preserve out native culture, social practices and spiritual beliefs.
The name Koasek has evolved through many unions with other clans and tribes, such as the Nolka, Cowasuck of the Coos, Cowasuck of North America, Cowasuck, and Koasek Traditional Band of the Sovereign Abenaki Nation. These unions have resulted in adding the word “Nation” to our name due to the coming together of so many proud Native People over time. Our well documented history exceeds 180 years and includes 15 recorded chiefs, beginning in 1832, to the present.
Our mission today centers around the revival of missing pieces of our culture that were hidden and nearly lost due to fear of subversion by the white man. Of most importance, is our spiritual presence and allegiance to our tribe and homeland and to preserve and propagate the use of our native Abenaki Language, ancient stories, music and our dances. We recognize that educating our young people in these practices is core to our mission.
Our intention is to reinforce our ancient traditions and customs such as Basket Making, Drum Making, Regalia Creations, Spiritual Ceremony, Family Support, Respect and Values. Teaching our young is very important because they are the key to sustaining our cultural future.
Throughout our long history, we have always maintained and reinforced our old family ties to one another. While our modern-day roots are centered in Vermont as they were in the past, various forces such as the economic necessity of traveling far and wide in search of employment have spread our people all over Canada and the United States. Consistent with our mission of preserving our culture and beliefs, we maintain the determination to hold our tribe together, no matter what the distance that may separate us one from another.
Our tribe has a very proud record of accomplishments and milestones which we have achieved to date. Below is a brief list of some of the milestones and work in progress: