News, past and present...

Flute Class

Yesterday, 7 May 2016, a flute class was held by Robert "Kunnaway" Turner. It was very educational as Robert told us the ancients stories of the flute and the many types of flutes and the woods use to create them.
We had a great morning meeting each others and exchanging information, something very valuable to our people. Kunnaway showed us how he makes his hand made flutes, all with an individual character, "His Children", as he calls them...
Every one was so please to have Kunnaway with us and we plan to invite him back to teach the medicine wheel and other things that will help us return to our ancestors ways. My thanks to the Mardin family, Nicole, Peter and Seala for all the hall arrangements, and to Tim for some of the photos.
And a very special thanks for attending to Rich Holschuh, Beverly Taylor, Jan and Ted Hastings (Love their Koasek shirts!)  

Walaswaldam gwesiha nis Pilki !

Our Tribe has been blessed with a wonderful Land donation...!  

29 acres in Acworth NH

Carolyn Jerad, a generous supporter, has donated 29 acres of her family land on 467 Cold Pond Rd, in Acworth NH, located near the Connecticut River, elevation 1600 feet. Carolyn went through great expense to have the property surveyed and mapped out.

Our most since thanks to Carolyn and Craig for their kindness and generosity !

A day trip is planned for next Spring, to celebrate these great gifs with a welcoming drum and song ceremony.

All our members are welcome to attend. We will keep you inform when plans are set for this very special event.

 


 

Koasek Traditional Band of the Sovereign Abenaki Nation New Flag & Seal

After a few years of designing and redesigning, by 28 July 2011, our Tribal Seal and Nation flag was finally created. This image is copywritten, as it was designed by our tribe, for our tribe. Each symbol represents the following:

Flag Symbols - Green is considered the common Abenaki color.
The mountains represent the Green and White Mountains if this area.
Image of mountains.
The yellow tells that we are the peoples of the rising and first sun.
Koasek Abenaki Nation seal.
The corn celebrates the 2006 return of our historic Abenaki corn by the Caley family who kept it safe for 250 years in its original state. They present it back to the Koasek Nation.
Image of Abenaki corn.
The Birchwood canoe represents our way of
travel throughout all the rivers.
Image of birch canoe.
The Sturgeon was a source of food in past times when they were plentiful. Image of sturgeon.
The loon is to represent the loon`s mournful call to Gluscap/Glouscape.
Image of loon.
Our paddles our tools of travel.
Image of canoe paddles.
Though the Abenaki people all sprang from the Ash Tree,these three pines here represent and remind us of the last major "Cowasuck village" having been occupied by the people who called this village the "pine tree place.
The grass grown in the meadows was the source of our sweet grass, medicines, herbs, and weaving materials.

Image of grass.

Following is the story that inspired our use of the loon . . .

The whole earth was submerged, and but a few persons survived. They had taken refuge on the back of a turtle, who had reached so great an age that his shell was mossy, like the bank of a rivulet. ( this indicates the remnant of an ancient civilization) In this forlorn condition a loon flew that way, which they asked to dive and bring up land. He complied, but found no bottom. Then he flew far away, and returned with a small quantity of earth in his bill. Guided by him, the turtle swam to the place, where a spot of dry land was found. There the survivors settled and re-peopled the land. ( this indicates that a new civilization was formed out of an old place.) The Loon indicates a "clan symbol" or the representation of a particular people or tribe. This Loon clan/tribe, was sent out to find "new land" for the people of the old turtle (land) who were seeking an escape from, and, or a new direction/growth or freedom from oppression. The Loon clan in fact, is one of the first mentioned in the Abenaki/ Glouscape stories!

If you want to purchase a flag you can contact Chief Paul Bunnell
Email:  
Bunnellloyalist@aol.com.

Note: Credit for creation of the seal was the Tribal Council, former Chief Brian Chenevert, Chief Nathan Pero, Chief Paul Bunnell, Ken Mortz, McAdam, Karen Mica,and a donation from Jeff Hubbard.

2013 Pow Wow

Chief Wolf Spirit Scholarship Fund 4th Annual Native Gathering &
Pow Wow

Gray Wolf Clan
Gary J. Dumas – Chief Wolf Spirit
Abenaki Horse Farm Stable
Ellsworth Hill Rd., Campton, New Hampshire
8 & 9 September 2013 / 11 AM to 4 PM Grand Entry at Noon
Invited Tribe - Koasek Traditional Band of the Sovereign Abenaki Nation

All who attended the Pow Wow experienced a very special time. For the tribe members, this was a spiritual Pow Wow - starting with the entry, by Chief Wolf Spirit on his horse, to the lighting of the sacred fire and the special events in which we participated. We thank Chief Wolf Spirit for inviting us to join with them in this Pow Wow. It will never be forgotten.

Chief Gwiliwato (Paul)
and
Chief Wolf Spirit (Gary)