This section is organized according to audience levels as follows:
Native American Thanksgivings: The Circle of Giving and Receiving
This workshop uses song, chants, native instruments, dance and stories that are carefully chosen from among the Native cultures found throughout North America to explore the true nature of Thanksgiving. Caduto's lively performance engages the audience with a cast of humorous and dramatic characters and voices. During this presentation participants are introduced to the Circles of Giving and Receiving-the traditional Native American basis for living in balance with Earth and each other.
Nature in Indian Myths: Earth Stewardship Traditions*
An experience of the Indian ways with nature is brought to life using stories, dance, guided imagery, and artifacts from northeastern Indian cultures. The survival of Native Americans depended upon a great respect for the earth and all living things. This program brings these lessons of survival to life at a time when they have never been more important. Each child creates a necklace with four wooden beads symbolizing the lessons taught by the Indians: SILENCE-RESPECT-SHARING-CIRCLES. This participatory workshop has been featured in NATURE STUDY magazine. An annotated bibliography of resources for teaching about northeastern Indians and their environment will be available at the program.
Native American Gardening & the Seeds of Life:
This hands-on workshop shows how to preserve ancient plant varieties through Native American gardening. Through story, song, demonstration, discussion and experiences in the garden, participants learn to plan and plant traditional, historic Native gardens-to participate in gardening as part of the Circle of Life. We also explore the harvest, recipes and suggestions for garden crafts and games. Michael presents his book: Native American Gardening: Stories, Projects and Recipes for Families .
Native American Games
Come join storyteller, musician and author Michael Caduto for an exciting hour of games in the Native American tradition as experienced through stories, music, games and a dance. Michael draws from many Native stories, such as "Turtle Races with Bear" (Seneca), "The Great Lacrosse Game" (Menominee) and "Gluscabe and Dzidziz" (Abenaki). This participatory family program engages the audience in the Great Circle of Life through Native American games and explores the importance of games for living in balance on Earth.
A Time Before New Hampshire & Vermont
A participatory experience of Alnôbak (Abenaki) Earth stewardship is brought to life using stories, song, dance and guided imagery. The survival of the Alnôbak depends upon a deep respect for plants, animals and all of nature. This program brings these traditions to life at a time when they have never been more important. Each child creates a necklace of wooden beads symbolizing the lessons learned. This popular workshop has been presented to two generations of New Hampshire children and has been featured in Nature Study magazine. Duration : 3 hours
For Adults and Young Adults
The White Roots of Peace
The Constitutions of the United States and the United Nations are rooted in the Iroquois Confederacy or League of Peace, which was established around 1450. This program presents the story of how Deganawidah, whom the Iroquois called Peacemaker, recruited Hiawatha* to help him teach the principles of peace during a violent time of many wars among the Iroquois. Deganawidah had a vision of a peaceful future free of fear, hatred, and conflict, and he brought this vision, over a period of many years, to the leaders of the 5 Iroquois nations: Mohawk, Onondaga, Cayuga, Oneida, and Seneca. (A sixth nation, the Tuscarora, was later welcomed into the League.) Deganawidah believed that rational thought and deliberate choice could be directed toward a lasting peace.
After the story we will use a role-playing activity to discover the principles from the Constitution of the Iroquois League of Peace which have been incorporated into the Constitutions of the United States and the United Nations. We will also discuss how successful each of these three Unions has been in living up to the ideals embodied in their Constitutions.
Can someone really become immune to poison ivy after drinking milk produced by a goat that has eaten that plant? What did young Quaker women use for rouge when their parents forbade them from wearing makeup? Which has more vitamin C-a glass of orange juice or a glass of pine needle tea? During this slide presentation and field excursion we'll share Colonial and Native American folklore and information to learn about the myths and realities concerning the use of wild edible, medicinal and poisonous plants. We will also sample some of these delectable treats. If Socrates had attended this workshop he may have realized that you can drink tea made from the boiled needles of the hemlock tree, but not from the small herbaceous plant called poison hemlock. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.
A Time Before New Hampshire & Vermont: The Story of a Land and Native Peoples
For 12,000 years the Alnôbak (Abenaki) and their ancestors have lived amidst northern New England's abundance. They have sustained themselves in ways molded by practical needs and spiritual beliefs. Through stories, slides, discussion, music and dance, participants imagine a living past. We'll explore traditional land use, stewardship, and the impacts the Alnôbak have had on the land. This program looks at the relationship and deep connection that the Native peoples of this region maintain with their homeland, Gedakina, "Our Land," and how these traditional practices can nurture a sustainable way of life. As an option, the beginning of this program can focus strongly on the geologic and glacial history of the New Hampshire region. This program can be adapted to suit the audience.