James B Beard aka Noodin 

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       by:James B Beard aka Noodin

In Memory

larry
Ojibwe  Elder

Larry Matrious
1933 ~ 2009

 BIOGRAPHY  
 

FourdirectionsCONSULTING SERVICES
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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:                    ENVIRONMENTAL & CULTURAL

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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EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS:               ENVIRONMENTAL & CULTURAL

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.

Presentations

Presentations 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 Presentation Titles are:
An Evening to Discuss the Anishinaabe Prophesies.~ 

 

The prophesies are said to have been given to the people by seven Spirits at the edge of the great salt water sea in the east approximately nine hundred years ago. The story of the seven Prophets is told by story teller Noodin with a following description of the Anishinaabe migration and fulfillment of the Prophesies into this time of the seventh Prophesy.

 

A real life rendition of a people on a journey that affects all people and brings us to this time and the decisions that need to be considered as we continue a people on this Earth.

 

How to use the talking feather to create a forum for sharing

 

OK! Lets all sit in a circle and share experiences. Now what? Sounds simple yet there is a technique to making a circle function. The talking feather is used to accomplish many goals. It is used for healing, problem solving, bringing unison to a group as well as a multitude of other purposes..

 

Hear Noodin as he tells the story of the circle and balanced healing that it brings to the people. Learn how to apply this simple tool in your life to find harmony and understanding in this complex time that we live in.

 

How to strengthen the family using Family Story Telling.~

 

We are all storytellers! Noodin demonstrates through storytelling how we all can create stronger family and community bonds.

 

Storytelling in indigenous cultures is typically passed on by oral means in a quiet and relaxing environment, which usually coincides with family or tribal community gatherings. It is a way to instill values, cultural knowledge, environmental knowledge and life lessons.

 

How Native Cultural ways can change the future.~ 

 

We live in a time of stress and chaos all around the world. Our lives are dramatically affected by a material driven society that has lost regard for the individual in favor of the governments and large corporations that guide our lives. There is a way to change all of that and our ancestors understood that.

 

Learn what we have lost in these times and how we can reclaim our independence to make a better place to live. What did the ancestors know?

 
How to improve our connection using our Animal Helpers.~ 

 

We all have animal helpers and we perceive them in many ways. To understand the animal that helps you requires an understanding of what needs to be fulfilled in your own life. The books tell us how some animals are meant to be understood. The true understanding is much more personal for each of us and may be completely different than what the books say. Then again, it could be right on.

 

Noodin tells us native stories about Animals that helped the people during times of change, stress and cultural development. These stories gradually evolve into his own personal experience with animals that have guided him along his journey into a life of beauty and contentment.

 

How bringing All Together As One is done.~ the magic of the circle

 

It is the All and the Nothing, the Alpha and the Omega. Teachings that encompass the Natural Order of all that is, in a simple way. The original people knew how to apply a memory in life that could keep them aware of all that is around them each moment in their lives.

 

Is it a Medicine Wheel, Teaching Tool or a Shield? The original people of this land learned from stories passed down from Elder to Elder over the eons. It has been said that these things were not put into writing but only told verbally. In realty there were many tools to teach the people from birch scrolls to paintings and carvings on rocks. The medicine teachings utilize a demonstration of the stories that are told and how to implant them into memory .

 

How to understand the medicine wheel teachings.~ 

 

It looks so simple and probably doesn't mean much. Really?

 

Noodin demonstrates the basics of understanding of this four directional tool and how it becomes a teacher in its' own right of all the knowledge of the Universe.

 

Is it a Medicine Wheel, Teaching Tool or a Shield? The original people of this land learned from stories passed down from Elder to Elder over the eons. It has been said that these things were not put into writing but only told verbally. In realty there were many tools to teach the people from birch scrolls to paintings and carvings on rocks. The medicine teachings utilize a demonstration of the stories that are told and how to implant them into memory. .

 

How you can shape balance in life around you.~ 

 

We live in chaotic times when even the present seems somehow uncertain. So how do we maintain balance in our own lives when others are constantly creating drama? The answer is too simple and because of this it is missed by most of us. We are trained consumers and focused on our material being in today's world.

 

Noodin demonstrates through the stories of the original people the ways to find balance and centering. The strengths that not only help us to persevere but give us the understanding to be at peace within ourselves and to share that with others.

 

An Evening to Discuss the Tradition that is the thread of unity.~

 

How did they survive? How do we survive? What are the ways to have strength in Ourselves, Our Families, Our Communities and Our Nation? To understand the answer to this question we must look to what was taken away from the original people and what is being taken away from us.

 

Noodin tells of the people as they lived their lives incorporating key factors into their culture. Factors that are the glue to a healthy life for the people. If we only could and we can!

 

How to know and work with your animal guides.~ 
 

We all have animal helpers and we perceive them in many ways. To understand the animal that helps you requires an understanding of what needs to be fulfilled in your own life. The books tell us how some animals are meant to be understood. The true understanding is much more personal for each of us and may be completely different than what the books say. Then again, it could be right on.

 

Noodin tells us native stories about Animals that helped the people during times of change, stress and cultural development. These stories gradually evolve into his own personal experience with animals that have guided him along his journey into a life of beauty and contentment.

 

An Evening to Discuss A time with an Elder.~ 

 

How do you find an Elder? You don't! He finds you! How do you learn these ways? You don't! You just do it!

 

Noodin shares how he came to know the ways of his Native Brothers and Sisters amongst the many tribes of the Ojibwe. The walk in search of answers to heal in his own life that changed everything that he thought he knew.


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

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.

 
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SHARING PROGRAMS                     ENVIRONMENTAL & CULTURAL

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.

Environmental Awareness

Aims to create general awareness of environmental issues, their causes and solutions by bringing about changes in perception.

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

To Whom It May Concern:

It is an honor for me to write this letter of recommendation for James "Noodin" Beard.
I have known him personally for 3 years and before that, I was familiar with his
style of teaching through his book, White Mocs on the Red Road. Words that describe
him are: profound, insightful, humorous, and wise storyteller. As department chair
of world languages, French teacher and as high school advisor for the foreign exchange students
through AFS, I had the privilege to host James as a teacher and storyteller
who could represent native culture in a good way. In particular, the traditional
teaching style through story-telling and songs, through sacred objects like the
drum, the rattle and herbs, our students at Berea-Midpark High School as well as international
students were able to gain an understanding of first nation, Anishaabe culture through direct experience.

Especially at this time, when a more ecologically sustainable way of life is being called
for, to have Jim share the older, Earth-based ways was both inspiring and healing for
teachers, administrators and students alike. What remains with me as I am writing this
letter now are the 7 virtues embedded in all the stories of: honesty, love, truth, wisdom, respect,
humility and bravery and how important it is for the next generation to be reminded of
the teachings that have helped humanity for centuries.
He comes to you with my highest recommendation.

Sincerely,
F. Christopher Reynolds, M.Ed.
Berea-Midpark High School
Ursuline College
Ashland University
440-876-7610
spiriman@aim.com

To whom it may concern;

I first met Jim when I was an intern with the SCA in the NH Parks 
system. I struggled with one aspect of that job; leading interpretive 
programs in one of the park campgrounds. Jim was an inspiration! His 
story-telling programs were engaging, informative, entertaining, 
interactive; everything a novice could strive for. When I had the 
chance to manage a park a few years later, I was eager to have Jim 
come visit and do a program or two. 

Jim's story telling helps the audience build connections; you leave 
the circle feeling connected to a cultural and natural history that is 
shared by everybody.

Ken Brown, 

Vermont Parks Manager, Underhill State Park

leonardmead@gmail.com

To whom it may concern;

Jim is a long time friend and business associate. Our paths first crossed when he was a professional in the insurance industry. At the time I noticed something special in Jim. He really cares about people and the world we live in.

In the late eighties Jim took a turn that I, at first, did not understand, He began to take a different path in life learning from Native American Elders. As he progressed down that path it became clear that this was more than a passing interest for him. He has come to be well known for his work teaching and sharing Native tradition and values. Jim has made a bridge between people seeking to help others to understand and respect one another. His work with the Native population is not without notice and many of the programs that he offers are in conjunction with eastern tribes such as the Maliseet, Mic’Mac, Abenaki and others. He also provides programs to schools and youth correctional facilities around the country.

The message Jim conveys is simple. Respect all things, love all life and be gentle on this Earth. The program Jim is offering will truly help many people to understand one another as well as their own personal being. The knowledge he carries is guided by many Native Elders who assist him in his efforts. That is truly unique!

Carl Weil

Master Fellow – Academy of Wilderness Medicine

Director at Wilderness Medicine Outfitters

2477 County Road 132

Elizabeth, Colorado

303-688-5176                     Carl@wildernessmedicine.com

To whom it may concern;

It is a rare and precious thing to find one who speaks as Spirit flows. Wisdom arises in every word, simple, surprising, refreshing. His book, White Mocs on the Red Road is a must read for anyone seeking deeper meaning in life. Jim Beard, also known as Noodin, is a gifted story teller, a talented teacher and a beautiful soul. I cannot recommend him highly enough.

Jim's knack for connecting on a deep level with all ages makes him a superb teacher, and his understanding of the native cultures equips him to meet a broad spectrum of challenges, and to convey teachings of profound value.

Hannah Thomas

Heart Rising Radio

Cambridge, England        Htthomas2@gmail.com

To whom it may concern

I highly recommend James Beard, aka Noodin. He and I have co-facilitated heart-centered circles and I am always so moved by the depths of his stories and how they move me and touch others in the group. He is surely following his heart's guidance in the work he is called to do in this world to support the People and the Planet. I highly recommend that you attend an event with Noodin and read his book "White Mocs on the Red Road: Walking Spirit in a Native Way". The story has so many teachings interwoven within it that will touch you on many levels and stir something deep in your soul. I feel honored to know James 'Noodin' Beard and highly endorse him and his work.

Donna Packard, 

Senior Reviewer at College for America of Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)

Heart Wealth Creation Coach, Packard Productions

 

New London, NH

 

Donnapackard@aol.com

 

 

To whom it may concern

 

I have worked with Jim on a research project about Native American culture and history. I have attended many Native American events at which Jim has been both facilitator and teacher. Jim is greatly talented as a writer, story-teller and lecturer. He is great with all ages, his wisdom is appreciated by many in our community in New Hampshire as well as across the United States. 
Jim has much to offer to anyone that is seeking wisdom and guidance with respect to Native American culture and history.
 

Andrea Cadwell, Strategy & Development- Non-Profits & NGO's, Photography/Photojournalism

Peterborough, NH   andreacadwell2013@gmail.com



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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