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In Memory

larry
Ojibwe  Elder

Larry Matrious
1933 ~ 2009

 BIOGRAPHY  
 

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FourdirectionsREFERENCES   FourdirectionsLETTERS

 

Mission Statement

To make available to all people
an understanding of Native American
culture in order to provide strong personal and community values.

Contact Information

Postal address     P.O.B. 602, Amherst, NH 03031

Telephone      603-261-7228

Email    noodin@northeastcultural.com

 

 

CONSULTING SERVICES:

Interpretive educational programs for schools, academies, parks,camps, environmental centers, and museums .

Projects that enhance existing programs by including Native American cultural values and tradition.

On site Aboriginal Programs are put in place and coordinated with continued support.

Programs designed for at risk populations. Please note all staff that work with at risk populations are pre-qualified for this kind of work.

Programs designed to build community and individual balance.

Native American music and crafts.

For Business

Establish strong mentoring programs for employees utilizing traditional Native American teaching techniques.

Presentations that reinforce ethical business practices.

Speakers that address topics relating to social economical issues, native spirit, prophesy and other topics of interest. 

For Private Groups

Groups interested in structuring programs that incorporate traditional Native American values.

Educational story telling featuring legends of the people.

Presentations that demonstrate the benefits of Native American Culture.

Programs that build community and individual balance.

Native American music.

For Individuals

People interested in gaining an understanding of Native American lifestyle and ways to apply this knowledge.

Mentoring

Educational story telling.

Information that demonstrates the benefits of Native American Culture.

 

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ucational programs

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS:

Interpretive Presentations

Interpretive educational programs are provided for schools, academies, camps, parks, environmental centers, and museums.

College Departments utilizing our programs include: African American Studies, Anthropology, International Education, Liberal Arts, Life Sciences and Agriculture, Communication, Earth Sciences, Environmental Conservation, Family Studies, History and Philosophy of Science, Humanities, Languages and Cultures, Natural Resources & Environment, Nursing, Philosophy, Psychology, and Social Work.

We utilize oral teaching methods to tell Native American stories. Stories demonstrate the cultural attributes of the Native American. 

Cultural Story Telling

Native American people tell sacred stories as a way of keeping coherence in culture. The stories become a foundation of shared understanding of the general nature of life upon which their societies are built. Native American drums, shakers and flutes are often used to enhance the delivery of the story. Stories contain wisdom and hope, and shape societies in profound ways.

Crafting

Most Native American people make their own items including: clothing, jewelry, tools, and weapons. Crafting projects can include beading, braiding, leather pouch making, basket making, dream catchers, drums, shakers and flutes.

Workshops

Workshops are designed to present a value system as it has been adhered to over millennia by peoples of the American Continent. The purpose being to demonstrate an ethical culture that lives in harmony with all things. The values of these people demonstrate principles that can improve the balance of a society.

Some workshop titles are:

Medicine Wheel – A Traditional Record of Life Teachings

Animal Talk – Understanding nature and what it can tell you

Indian Lodges – Everything has a lesson to teach

Talking Circles
 
Talking Circles have been used by many indigenous cultures, particularly in the Native American traditions. A talking circle, is a method used by a group to discuss a topic in an egalitarian and non-confrontational manner or to simply "check-in" about what is present for them in their lives. The group members sit in a circle and make comment on the topic of the discussion.

Confidentiality is a key element to all talking circles and an expectation. Attendees are reminded of the requirement and sensitive to the information being shared


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SHARING PROGRAMS

The programs are interactive and allow for individuals to find answers they seek.  The goal is to inform while allowing each person self expression.  The information provided by the presenter is given and then discussed so that all participants have the opportunity to gain insight. Talking circles and storytelling are utilized to provide community value based teachings.

Up to Four day gathering offered when traveling

Join us as Cultural Story Teller, Educator, Speaker, Author, James B Beard aka Noodin (pronounced “No-din”) and his Fire Keeper, Join us for storytelling, workshops, ceremony, and visiting.

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Telling of Native American stories

Elders and story tellers begin with the story of creation - of all things. All stories told after the story of creation make up the whole history of the people. Stories of the people are, in essence, give the people values to live by within societies. It is a part of the glue that holds a culture together.

Sharing of the drum, shaker and flute

Demonstrations of drums, shakers and flutes used by the Northeast American Indian. Songs are played  in Native American Languages with interpretation. Recordings of various tribal songs are included.

Medicine Talk - Medicines of the people

The four basic spirit medicines of  Northeastern Native Tribes are presented with an explanation of how they are used. Other medicines used for various ailments are also discussed. 

Many of the medicines used by Native American peoples are used by pharmaceutical companies today.


Traditional Living Today

What is it like to walk the Red road? What is it like on the reservation today? Roughly twenty- five years ago there were one and a half million Native Americans following the traditions of their ancestors. Today there are over two million Native Americans following these traditions, what has changed?


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REFERENCES

Noodin,
I am reading your "White mocs..." book for the second time since you and your son visited the Mesa Creative Arts Center here in Pennsylvania...
I wanted to say that the visit (and your book) have been of great value to me...as I read through the book the first time shortly after you left the Mesa I began to better understand the meaning of things you did throughout the weekend...not that we can ever truly fully understand...
Anyhow, I don't know if you'll remember me but I was the guy with the prosthetic leg...that works with autistic kids at a residential mental health center...
Since that weekend I have thought further about my role in life, my work and the message remains the same...being a mental health counselor is not where "my road" ends and that I am "called" to become a "healer"--I did find it interesting that your business card was placed in chapter 11--Being a Helper...when I bought the book...
In addition, I have felt for awhile that the name I was given by my parents doesn't "feel" quite fit right...like there is another awaiting me...
Sorry for the rambling, my thoughts are a bit unfocused at the minute--as my day winds down...
anyway, I hope you are well...and that you will be back through this area again sometime soon...I definitely liked your first visit and desire more of what you brought...
Mike W.

NH Division of Parks and Recreation
172 Pembroke Road
PO Box 1856
Concord, NH 03302-1856

RE: Fabulous Program at Monadnock State Park

I attended a program last Saturday that was not only informative, but inspiring. As a program developer and presenter with over 15 years of experience and having attended hundreds of programs throughout the northeast and elsewhere, including programs at Pinkham Notch and multiple National Parks, I was impressed with what I learned and witnessed.

In one hour, I learned more about our regional Native American cultures than I’ve probably learned in all the hours I’ve spent watching and reading from various other sources (including such maligned greats as Disney’s Pocahontas and Kevin Costner’s Dances With Wolves, along with more accurate information acquired from trips to Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon and dozens of other resources/exposures). From the meaning of various names that grace our own hills and mountains, to traditions of people who came before us and passed along their medicinal knowledge, to all around good tales that offer a lesson or two, the program was not only broad, but had depth and meaning. Sure I’ve heard of the Algonquin, Ojibway, and Abenaki and have imagined I knew enough about them. And I know that I can jump on the Internet, hit Google, and come up with a gazillion resources. I had realized before that Merrimack, Wapack, and Monadnock are all derived from Native American words, but to hear the stories told by a knowledgeable individual who captures the essence of the persona brought new meanings and understanding. To experience the stories in that intimate setting, in those special surroundings with a fire burning brightly as a backdrop was much more memorable. When we were informed that “MAANG” means the “loon” (as indicated on the license plate of our storyteller identifying him as a member of the “loon clan”), there was a car starting its engine. And just then in the distance, I actually heard the loon calling. Not an unusual sound to be heard on our nearby ponds, but the timing was impeccable and perhaps more than coincidental. Then, while he was spinning his tale of “Ginyu” listening to the breeze that created haunting sound in the pines, “Noodin” picked up his flute and played a wistful tune reminiscent of nature at her finest. At that very moment, the previously nonexistent breeze actually started blowing through the tops of the pines and hemlocks above our heads, and it went away as that story ended. It was eerie, yet quite moving and enjoyable.

There were 20 guests of various ages gathered around the storyteller that evening in front of the fire; and while the couple with the two youngest children had to leave a bit early, the rest sat raptly as the wise old narrator wove his tales and passed around artifacts that enhanced the experience – a hand carved walking stick, a handcrafted rattle that easily took on various roles in the story, a flute that didn’t need sheet music to render beautiful tunes, and a simple drum that acted as thunder and took on a spirit of its own (with what I assumed was a genuine animal skin stretched across its breadth).

It may not be for everyone, but this program and others that offer new insight and experiences that people crave so much in today’s cookie cutter, computer-driven world are exactly what we need to hold onto, to encourage, and to maximize in order to continue enticing urban visitors to our beautiful NH outdoors. I urge you and the Division to find a way to continue offering this inspiring program and to expand programming efforts in the parks that will add to the value and enjoyment.

Best regards,
Brenda Bhatti
Jaffrey, NH

 

Have final;y made it home to Lincoln. So good to be back. I enjoyed having your book with me. Good reading for the long plane flights and layovers. Thank you so much for all you shared in NH, and share in the book.

Many blessings,
Steven McFadden
Lincoln, NE

 

The kids so enjoyed themselves; thank you for all you do for us. Your wisdom impacts all of us on so many levels.

Sincerely,
Amity
Londonderry high school, nh

Thanks again for the important work you are doing and the help you gave us and others over the weekend you were at The Mesa. We are very grateful. I’m still telling people the lesson of not trying to get ahead of Spirit. J

Love and Light to you,
Brad (and Kate)
Mesa creative arts center

I am so excited to schedule anything and everything you have to offer! Here are available dates for 2012 and suggestions for the workshops.

Jo Catalino
Eye of the Hawk Holistic Center
5 Grove Road
Rye, New Hampshire 03870
(603) 964-7874
www.eyeofthehawk.org

 

We continue to think about you and Ed and are hoping that your return trip was safe and uneventful. Several of the staff have commented on the benefits of having both of you as a part of our circle. You are always welcome in Okeechobee and we hope to be blessed with your company again soon.

Denise, Charles and Makaya Whitehead
Visionquest Florida Staff

 

We really enjoy having you and Ed work with our kids! We are looking forward to your next visit! We have gotten 4 new kids in the last 4 days! WE are getting bigger by the minute!

Elena Reyes-Runyon, Director
7 Arrows Academy
Woodville, FL

 

I will be handling the arrangements for performances in our parks this year. This is a new area for me so please bear with me as I learn. We would love to have you as one of our presenters this summer.

Cassandra Gauvin
Department of Forest, Parks, & Recreation
Waterbury, VT

 

Thanks so much. We had such a great time at the Odyssey Traditional Powwow. It was a great experience,

Amy Allen
Odyssey NH Academy
Director of Finance
Hampton, NH

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LETTERS FROM YOUTH AND FRIEND'S

 

We often are blessed with a gift from the people we visit in the way of a note

of thanks for our work. We hope things they share will help

others to understand some of the values that can be applied, if one tries

 

Berea High School and Angel House, Strongsville, Ohio

 

Deep Gratitude for your story-telling at Berea High School and Angel House. It was time for the Wind to visit us with the old stories.
Christopher Reynolds

Trilio, youth in PA

Today I learned that the Indian stories that are told are meant to relax you and to help you sleep. When the man was telling the story it relaxed me a whole lot and it did put me to sleep in the beginning. I learned that a lot of what was being said was in the bible. I liked it a lot. It was very enjoyable and I would do it again if I had the opportunity.

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Glenn Davis, Staff of VisionQuest, Fl

Your visits are always welcome and leave us inspired. This past week has brought you some snow. Be careful, the best to you and your families - from your extended family here in Florida. I almost said just from Florida - you have the gift to work everywhere. From all the kids and staff in VisionQuest.

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Jessica, youth in PA

I liked the stories a lot about my heritage. I liked the story about the Sioux boy. It meant a lot to me because I have Sioux in me as well as Cherokee. I always wanted to sit down and find out a little about my background and I am glad that I was able to be in your group and learn some things about where I came from.

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Yaunice, youth in PA

What I learned was that they make sounds, music and language by listening to the sounds in their environment or surroundings. I also learned how to play the instrument they use to make music & that in their country or culture that when you put your blanket over you and another person that you are announced to be a married couple.

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Daniella, youth in PA

I learned that native Americans are very nice and have a lot of potential and they like to welcome people. They are very friendly and they do love to hunt for bears and wild animals and they dress up with their outfits and dance around and sing songs and make beads that are very beautiful and they speak different languages than Americans but are the same human beings and they are people. I learned that it don't matter what race you are because you are humans and humans are mammals so we all are equal to one person.

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Ropers Group, camping at Mt. Monadnock, NH

Thank you for sharing your stories with us. They were touching and beautiful. It was kind of you to let us use your cabin for our Ropes traditional Monadnock experience.

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Maria and Roman, Campers, Mt. Monadnock, NH

I will try to aid this new bright soul to keep that middle eye of purity open beyond the first two years. (speaking of the child she carries)

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Jamie, youth in PA

Well today was very interesting. I enjoyed hearing Mr. Jim's stories he had to share. The flute had a very peaceful sound coming from it. I can relate to the boy who everyone picked on and how shy he was. I used to be very shy until I came out of my shell and stopped worrying so much as to what people thought of me. And the story of creation, I do believe we are all related somehow. I believe we are all children of God, "The Creator". I learned that we all have energy coming from us which can be positive or negative. We can choose whether or not someone will get to us. If we show kindness and respect to someone it will come back. If we show meanness, etc. ... that will come back on us too. I believe the saying, what comes around goes around. I would love to go to a powwow. I love the Indian music.

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Sydney, Cleo, Olivia, Kelton, Dante & Jeff, youth in NH

On behalf of the many children who listened and heard your stories, those rituals that so clearly reflect your life - many thanks. We would welcome you again.

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Mark Rodgers, camper at Mt Monadnock, NH

I want to sincerely thank the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation for allowing Jim Beard toconduct his Native America Legends outreach program at Monadnock State Park Campgrounds, This past Saturday, my two energetic sons, ages 10 and 6, and I sat transfixed for two hours listening to Jim Beard recount these legends. The legends speak to the kind of respect for nature and our inner connections with it that I think epitomize what the parks service would want from its' visitors. Jim's gentle outreach made this camping trip one of the most special I've ever enjoyed. I am actively trying to figure out how I can free up another Saturday before this season ends to go back to Monadnock Camp Ground. How rare it is to find someone of Jim's caliber as a story teller who is willing to give so freely of his time to so many. I consider your program a resounding success. Thanks once again.

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Alex & Stacey, accident at Greenfield State Park, NH

Alex and I want to thank you for your heartfelt concern during our ordeal at Greenfield State Park. Alex likes the beaded bag that you gave him. He had time to admire it when he was laying on his stomach waiting for the Dr. in the E.R.. It took twenty two stitches to close the gash on his heal. Luckily it missed all tendons, ligaments, etc. He has the stitches out now and is doing fine. Everyone was great that night and your kind words and gestures really helped calm down a scared and hurting kid. Thank you again and peace.

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Walter, youth in PA - Mr. Noodin

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Kayleigh, youth in PA

I'm not writing a goodbye letter because hopefully we will still keep in touch. When I first met you both it was at the sweat lodge and you introduced yourselves to me. I feel as though as time progressed we began to build a friendship built with trust. You have only supported me since we met and I would like to thank you for the kindness you have shown me. You are both so spiritual and I respect you so much for that. I never had a father figure in my life due to him being constantly incarcerated and having a mental health illness called a sociopath. I am not trying to be sappy but you both are so kind and I consider you the parents I never had. It is so sad to know that tomorrow you will be leaving but I will only remember the good times and all the conversations we had about my mom and the meaning of life. Instantly I knew I could trust you and tell my life story. There was a true connection. You were sent here for a reason which is to kelp kids and I feel you were sent here to help me. You both have helped me to cope with my mothers situation and also her illness. I do admit that after I had read that letter that you told me to write, I felt a burden being lifted off my chest and now my feelings toward my mothers situation have only changed for the better and I finally let go and put it in the hands of our Creator. Thank you for all of the stories you have shared with me and all of the loving kindness you have shown towards me. You are so sweet and generous. I will never forget you. Keep in touch. I will write you back and tell you how I am doing. Thanks for believing in me and supporting me. Luv, Kayleigh

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Jessie, Staff at North Hero State Park, VT

Thank you! I must gift you as well! My favorite book about creation quantum physics and the inter connectedness of the universe.

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   Projects
 


Up to Four day gathering offered when traveling


School Programs

Monadnock State Park


Odyssey Traditional Powwow


VisionQuest Youth Academy


State  Parks


Peabody Mill Environmental Center


Mt Kearsage Indian
Museum

 

 


 

Contact Information 

If you have an interest in the cultural ways of the Northeastern Native American people please contact us.

    Telephone                Postal address                                Email

    603-261-7228    P.O.B. 602, Amherst, NH 03031        noodin@northeastcultural.com

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