We stay strong by gathering together, sharing ideas and sharing mutual respect. Please attend these events. Bring a new family member or friend to enjoy them with.
April 27th, 2019: Meeting at Honorary Chief Spirit Water’s Home. Everyone is encourage to come to discuss the future of their clan. Discussions to include clan council, fund raising and the annual events of the clan.
May 25th, 2019: Meeting will be held at Camp (Too Cool for Brunswick)
a) This is a VERY IMPORTANT meeting. PLEASE plan to be at this meeting!
b) This is the meeting where the Clan elects its council and its officers. THIS is a democratic organization. We vote on important issues together.
c) We will also start firming up plans for the gathering – people will be given committee assignments – working on vendors, advertising, grounds, ceremonies, etc.
June 22nd, 2019: Clan gathering will be held at Brunswick Springs.
d) All who want to caravan to the Springs, meet at Spirit Water’s house at 10:00 (Or meet us there).
e) These are not usually meeting days, but this year we will have a brief meeting. Our Gathering plans should be in the final planning stage. Everyone on committee should report progress, and if they cannot attend, let Chief know their progress.
f) Then we will clean the stairs and the springs, and if necessary, tidy the site. We will have a few brief ceremonies. (Justin /War Chief, Recognize Stone Tree for being our Fire Keeper, Justin’s Music and Ralph doing a teaching lesson)
g) We will have a campfire and share a big picnic meal. Bring food!
June 28th, 29th, and 30th THIIS IS A NON-CLan Event: Abenaki Cultural regeneration Week.This camp is being run in collaboration with the Northwoods Stewardship Center in East Charleston, VT. Students will live at the Center for the Week. In the Long View: A recovery of cultural knowledge and identity has tremendous potential for many applications in contemporary Abenaki society. Returning cultural knowledge to all persons of Vermont Abenaki heritage is vitally important for personal identity, for strengthening healthy life skills, and for preserving the special Abenaki culture for future generations.Attendace is free, but space is limited. Contact: Carol Irons at (802) 755-6143; or Carol McGranahan at firstname.lastname@example.org
July 27th, 2019: Meeting is a working weekend at the Clan Grounds!
h) All members are expected to come to the grounds sometime this weekend and help with the last prep of the buildings – welcome center, cook shack, chapel and grounds.
i) PLEASE bring tools, your lunch, and energy! Camping overnight is encouraged
j) At this meeting we pass around a supplies list. Each member will be asked to supply something for the gathering– coffee, creamer, paper towels, toilet paper, etc.
August 3rd and 4th, 2019; 30th Annual Inter-Tribal Gathering: Clan Gathering Two days of intertribal Gathering. Drumming, singing, flute playing. Cook shack open both days. Bring your regalia, your stories, your Teepee. Entry is free, parking and camping (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) by donation. We will have raffle tables, 50/50 raffle, a pet parade, Sacred Circle Grand Entry of the Flags, Dances for the men, the ladies, couples and of course the children’s candy dance. Talking Circles, Naming Ceremony and Craft Vendors.
September 28th, 2019: This will be our second annual trip to Brunswick Springs.
k) Again, we leave Clan grounds at 10:00. You can follow or meet us there.
l) We begin by cleaning and clearing the springs, the site area and stairs.
m) We will have a few brief ceremonies.
n) We will have a campfire and share a big picnic meal. Bring food!
October 19th, 2019. Our October meeting is generally when we will review the success of the Gathering and start making plans for next year!! Pot Luck of course
For the SATURDAY November 16, 2019 Harvest Gathering dinner, here’s the plan: The Clan treasury will buy the Turkey. Gail and Chief will Stuff and Roast it.
In December, we’ll have a Solstice Celebration on the 22nd, with Ham and all the trimmings we can fit on the counter. Gift Blanket and some Special Ceremonies.