Sun, February 04, 2018. 2 pm - 4 pm
Straight Outta Hibernation: Algonquin Bear Cult Rituals
Native American teachings & ceremony with author Evan Pritchard
Did you know that Groundhog’s Day was recognized by the Lenape people as the day the light returns, and that Punxsutawney Phil’s name references an old Lenape story? According to Algonquin teachings, all true bears are born in the last half of January. Imbolch/Bear Moon/Ground Hog’s Day is when we finally see more than 10 hours of light per day, and that is when Mother Earth begins to wake up, just as the mother bears are coming out of hibernation (and looking at their shadow). Join Evan Pritchard (Grandfather Chipmunk or Geezeegool Abachbahametch in Mi’kmaq) as we turn off the lights, go deep for some mid-winter shamanic journeywork in search of spirit bear medicine and then try to glimpse the light of our bright future.

Cost: $20 if registered and prepaid by Feb. 2nd; $25 if registering after the 2nd.

Teacher Bio: Evan Pritchard, “Abachbahametch” (“Chipmunk”) of Mi’kmaq and Celtic descent, is the author of No Word For Time, Native American Stories of the Sacred, Native New Yorkers, and its sequel, Henry Hudson and the Algonquins of New York, which is required reading for many local High Schools (source: Barnes and Noble). His latest book is Bird Medicine: The Sacred Power of Bird Shamanism(Inner Traditions 2013). He is the founder and director of the Center for Algonquin Culture, which is also creating a series of books of words and phrases in Algonquian languages. Evan is also the author of Aunt Helen’s Little Herb Book, a self-guided Native American tour book Touring Native New York, plus Double Dutched: The Puzzling State of New York’s Native American Place Names. He has worked with countless elders to help preserve the ancient history of North America, notably the late William Commanda. Evan has taught Native American studies courses at Marist, Vassar, and at Pace University, and lectures widely across the Eastern US and Canada. His appearances on the History Channel have been seen by millions. He gives workshops and lectures on Algonquin-related subjects throughout the eastern United States.. He can be contacted through his website

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