rendezvous, appreciation and thanks
29, 2004 05:31 PDT
I wanted to take the time to acknowledge some of the individuals
attended the rendezvous who have yet to be mentioned. First off
talented Abenaki flutist and flute maker Barry Higgins, who took
out of his busy schedule to come out and provide us with some
amazing music. I am not sure if everyone knows how lucky we were
have him there. He is very well known in indigenous flute
has played at some impressive venues such as the Metropolitan
House. Next Ed Perley, a Maliseet Ceremonial leader and tribal
councilman from the Tobique Reserve in New Brunswick. Ed was
enough to come down to lead ceremony for the benefit of the
the individuals at the rendezvous. He was joined by Talking
tribal councilman and Ceremonial leader from the Pequot Nation.
personally was greatly appreciative of their singing and
to the close of the rendezvous. Phyllis Silva and Lisa Beluzo
cooked for the masses on Saturday at Mohawk. After a tiring day
took the time to make sure that everyone had soup and veggies to
with. Bill Boswell, regional director of the American Indian
who came from Ohio to offer his support for a very important
Caroline Cunningham who took care of the promotion of the event.
Cynthia Ross who helped me take care of, cook for, and provide
silly entertainment to the Indian People who camped out at
Tree, gather up my thoughts
like the clouds in your branches.
Draw up my soul
like the waters in your root.
-J. Daniel Beaudry
the rendezvous, appreciation and thanks
29, 2004 10:34 PDT
I'm glad you said for the rest of us what
needed to be said. ENTS
rendezvous are not about a few of us dominating the scene with
talk, but a collaborative effort of like-minded souls who come
to honor trees and people who themselves honor trees.
Yes, Barry Higgins was phenomenal. He was so
good that most of us
just sat spellbound listening to him. We literally didn't know
say. I wish I had had more presence of mind to say more after he
finished and to especially thank him.
Ed, Turtle, yourself, Bill, Robin, Barry, and
Ishgooda imparted an
authentic Native American presence and a solemn participation
enriches ENTS immensely. We can't thank all of you enough.
Caroline Cunningham did an excellent job
getting official support
from the Governor and State House. Then there was Lee Frelich
appeared out of the mist with Tom Diggins to further strengthen
I still am amazed that Bill Boswell, the
regional A.I.M. director,
and Ishgooda of the Native New Netwok came all the way from Ohio
Michigan respectively to participate. Ed's trip from New
no short drive. It is heartening when people of vision come.
presence dignifies the proceedings. It isn't about
cause. That we can combine the serious with the light hearted is
hallmark of ENTS.
If there is a down side, those of us who
planned the event felt
apprehensive when a larger number of people didn't turn out. Our
advertising may have failed to reach enough people soon enough,
like to think that the people who did turn out were the ones who
supposed to be there. That's good enough for me.
More musings about ENTS
30, 2004 06:51 PDT
post brother Tim...
even though the weather was less than desirable and there were
more of the ENTS family there then the general public, it was a
real good thing.
maybe there is a way to get more of the masses to experience the
magic of Mohawk and other places.
Its first about getting the word out (which Bob and the folks
Then it is about finding those things that will capture the
spirit and imagination
Subtle things that some folks will tune into (most likely a
handful out of a hundred, but some seeds planted and fostered is
better than a barren garden)
And maybe we could find a way to teach more things, more often.
I dont mean have a forest summit gig every weekend, but maybe
one or two different things (culture, music, readings,
interpretations, etc.) each month, in tandem with getting the
word(s) out to every nook and cranny...
So the November calendar is kinda of open, why dont you get all
your picture stuff together and come back to Mohawk???