Native Cultural Educational Interpretive Program
- 2011, 2012
Monadnock State Park ~ Gilson Campground Area
It started in 2006 with a fire and story telling weekly at the
state park campground area.
In 2010 a new campground area was established and opened to the
public at the Gilson Pond entry of Monadnock State Park. A small
section of the picnic area in the field looking out over Mt
Monadnock (great spirit / mountain that stands alone) was
offered for a fire pit and story telling area. During the summer
camping season the campers and visitors of the park have been
offered a story telling program on Saturday evenings. Many
visitors to the park have returned to hear the stories of the
Native American people as told by
James Beard a.k.a. Noodin,
story teller, author of
White Mocs on the Red Road: Walking
Spirit in a Native Way, and founder of the
Northeast American Cultural Resource.
During the summer of 2011, the program is being expanded to
include a: ceremony fire area, lodge area, birchbark wigwam,
cooking fire pit and a crafting area under tarp cover. The
photographs below indicate the ongoing progress of this project:
At Risk Youth Program - 2009,
2010, 2011, 2012
Eye of the Hawk: Last
intensive value based program to help youth!
Last Chance Ranch is a program
to provide youth with an alternative opportunity when poor
decisions have led them to have problems within the community
it is the goal to provide
youth with the tools necessary for a productive and successful
future. Encouraging youth to apply better judgment values
to their own actions and the actions of their peers.
The program described is an overview. The
part described below represents the program piece provided by
Northeast American Cultural Resource as contractors to the
Chance Ranch to utilize this unique approach to
helping youth who are considered by the community to be at risk.
Each of our facilitators operates as individual consultants
working together for the good of the people.
Extraordinary experiences are provided by utilizing the values
of Native American traditional teachings. Cultural values are
offered to aid youth to find centering from within. Ceremony and
Lodges as well as outings and the application of native crafting
and music demonstrate the values of community. Legends are told
to share the cultural values of a culture that thrived for
millennia. A different approach to gain the attention of our
Applications now being
Please call (603) 964-7874.
Gathering - 2008, 2009, 2012
The work of Northeast Cultural Resource for this program was to assist in the
coordination and gathering of the elders and to assure support for the work to
be done. Eighth Fire Gathering is put on by Sacred Earth Network at
Earthlands in Petersham, MA.
A new beginning
utilizing the technologies of today while incorporating the teachings that have
sustained the America's for tens of thousands of years. The Eighth Fire
Gathering took place at Earthland in Petersham, MA last weekend and left all
with a feeling of promise for the future.
Eighth Fire Gathering
Elders from tribal nations throughout the northeastern United States and as far
west as Lake Superior spoke to People from all walks of life, interested as
citizens of earth. The message was simple and yet a message that will require
great effort by all people.
Building a Network for Sustainability in the Northeast!
Continue to apply green technologies and work to regenerate mother earth! Be
aware that all things must be done, FIRST!, with respect, humility,
wisdom, love, bravery, honesty and truth. That these seven teachings must
be applied to all we do. No one should be excluded and all that is of the
universe is equal and related. This is what the elders show us by demonstrating
that everything has a teaching.
The work that was discussed means nothing unless we begin to act!
Sustainability takes the effort of all of the people and requires gaining the
attention and respect of all of our brothers and sisters. We need your efforts
to help our mother earth! These things do not happen by force but by attraction
of the people gathering together.
To help please contact:
Sustainability first requires that all people of all races, diversity and
cultures work together with respect in a good way.
Powwow - 2008
Odyssey NH Academy located
in Hampton NH. This program was created for the school to
offer a unique experience to the students and staff
incorporating a value based philosophy.
Odyssey Academy - on site.
A two day
instructional program is provided prior to the powwow to educate
the students and staff pertaining to native cultural teachings
in preparation for the powwow event. It is suggested that a
particular class; History, Science or other be dedicated to this
process in order to accommodate teachings to smaller groups and
to assure that all students have the opportunity to participate.
The first classroom day is
an introduction to Native American Culture. It consists of a
brief over view of the traditional society of the people and is
done utilizing some of the traditional stories of the people
together with the use of the musical instruments of the people.
The second classroom day
focuses on the powwow event and the customs that correspond to
it. The teachings explain what a powwow is, how to enter the
dance circle, the songs and the significance of them to the
people and the powwow.
VisionQuest Youth Academy
- Ongoing 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Native traditional people provide native
teachings to troubled youth at alternative juvenile facilities.
Ceremony introducing the teachings of balance and centering are
demonstrated. Work is done in group and one to one with
the youth. Child Care Workers are educated to re-enforce
the teachings and incorporate the benefits of the program in the
milieu of the program. The teachings used by VisionQuest were
given by the Crow People. In the first picture below and
to the right is Dan Old Elk who is one of the original people of
Programs for Elementary, Middle and High Schools
- Ongoing 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010,
Varied programs are delivered to
school youth groups. Teachings and legends
are told as well as circles and delivery of
State Parks -
Ongoing 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Interpretive story telling is provided at camp
sites throughout the summer camping season. The program features the
telling of Native American Stories by the fire and all campers are invited to
attend. Story telling is also provided at camp sites for scout and school
groups camping at the parks. Program coordinator is Jim Beard.
Peabody Mill Environmental Center -
Completed June 2005
Bring "Kids at Risk" from Souhegan High School
to PMEC for day of learning about native people's and construction of 20' x 30'
Native American Lodge. Students would learn about native people's
connection to nature; about northeast ceremonies surrounding construction of a
lodge; what a lodge (was)is used for; do actual construction, including cutting
of poles from the surrounding forest; Lodge would serve us for several years
with minimal maintenance, as an additional outdoor classroom, while our new
building addition is under construction.
We offer a Woodland Indians class, an Outdoor Awareness Skills class and a
Nature Challenge class each summer - each class is offered twice during our
summer program, and the lodge will easily tie in with those classes.
The lodge will also serve to provide an outdoor sheltered area for other nature
based ongoing programs of PMEC. It would be a gathering place for nature walks,
star watching programs and various workshops offered to schools and the
community at large.
Mt Kearsage Indian Museum - Completed
Native painter, Nish Nong did painting of
mural in museum and various art through facility to emphasize the artifacts
presented. Reconstruction of case holding native items to better present
the artifacts and to properly respect the nature of the pieces being presented.