Through the singing of historic Abenaki songs, and teaching of dances and games intermingled with stories, the Voices of the Koas, dressed in post contact period clothes, playing traditional hand drums and rattles teach the audience about the people who lived in the Upper Connecticut River Valley of New Hampshire & Vermont. Some of the members of Voices of the Koas, are members of Koasek Traditional Band of the Koas Abenaki Nation, http://koasekofthekoas.org
Don’t you just want to hear the voices of the past filtering through to today? The voices that were singing in the White and Green mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont before they were states. Songs that echo in those mountains, around the lakes and flow with the streams to this day. The Voices of the Koas are group of woman who are singing ancient traditional Abenaki songs, they are part of the movement of “modern” Native Americans who are making sure the voices of the ancestors never go silent, that it isn’t just the mountains, lakes and streams that echo these songs.
The voices wrap around you, the past encompasses you. Understanding begins to form… A connection begins to take shape… An openness of heart and mind begins to emerge. The Abenaki culture reaches out and takes your hand and as the next song starts, it pulls you along on a journey into the past. A journey we hope will affect the next seven generations. The song goes on as does the dance… as it has for generation after generation… Natives coming together forming the circle of life around the sacred fire, singing the ancient songs. As the song goes on the spirits begin to mingle with the living, their memories strong. Maybe you will feel an unseen hand covering yours, your feet feel lighter, and seem to know steps you didn’t know before. The spirits are dancing with you… guiding you and you are blessed.
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WHY WHAT WE DO IS IMPORTANT
Preserving the Abenaki cultural heritage since the time before Europeans landed on the North American Continent up until today, will go a long way toward explaining the Abenaki’s rich cultural, political, social and educational values to current generations and for the next seven generations.
The Abenaki Nation has so much culture, historical heritage, and language to share and exhibit to its own people and to the outside world. In essence, unearthing the Abenaki past and bringing it forward will help the Abenaki’s and the communities in which they live, to remember how they became connected in interrelated/interracial cultural, political, social and economic exchange.
Unfortunately neglect and oppression has occurred and some of the Abenaki cultural heritage is neither well preserved nor promoted adequately and effectively. During the period of the Vermont Eugenics Project in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s the Abenaki had to fear for their lives. During this time period that the Abenaki were left with little choice but to go underground.
Many Abenaki were forced to assume other identities or hide their heritage. The history of Eugenics is a sad and damaging one. What it left behind is a loss of culture and a trail of broken families. The Abenaki of Vermont were the hardest hit. To this day in Vermont, the Abenaki are suffering the effects of the Eugenics Program. When the Abenaki went into “hiding”, they broke their historical trail.
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