Schaghticoke Annual Unity Gathering Benefit

UPDATE: SUCCESS!

A big thank you to everyone who took part in and supported our Schaghticoke Annual Gathering Benefit on May 11, 2018. The event was a huge success and we have raised all of the funds needed to cover the costs of the gathering (and then some! Additional funds will go directly to the Schaghticoke First Nations non-profit).

Mauwe p’maosowágan wānehk
Mauwe pmāwösò mbei wānehk
Ngutte ahhkeek
Ngutte atchwetchteed
Ngutte achwàhndowágàn Pããschcunõõk kiánau áhmeanà Oneowe xe atah kiawa Oneowe Anneh Nkeech Achwechteed
Keyaunuh mennaumuk anishiik anneh nik wapanak

Keyaunuh mennaumuk anishiik anneh nik tachgamack
Keyaunuh mennaumuk anishiik anneh nik pon
Keyaunuh mennaumuk anishiik anneh nik schawanake

Keyaunuh mennaumuk anishiik anneh nik waun thut mennitoow
Keyaunuh mennaumuk anishiik anneh nik akkee n-guck

Oneowe Oneowe Oneowe Oneowe

All life is sacred
All living water is sacredOne earth
One family
One love

Together we rise up

I am grateful to you
I am Grateful to my Relatives

We give thanks to the East
We give thanks to the West
We give thanks to the North
We give thanks to the South
We give thanks to the Great Spirit
We give thanks to the Earth Mother

The Watershed Center invites you to join us at from 6-9PM on Friday, May 11, 2018, at the Watershed Main House, for a walk, sacred fire ritual, and meal inspired by foods and flavors indigenous to this land. Sachem Hawk Storm will lead conversation about the history of the Schaghticoke, their plans to revitalize their culture in this region, and how their work connects to broader issues of land conversation, climate change, and the global struggle for indigenous sovereignty.

Tickets are $50-$200 sliding scale, and can be purchased to the right.

Who are the Schaghticoke First Nations?

The word Schaghticoke means Mingling of Waters, and signifies the merging tribes who united after being nearly annihilated by colonization. Indigenous to the Southern Berkshires & Harlem Valley, The Schaghticoke people have lost the vast majority of their lands. Without a central gathering place to call their own, the 370 members of the Schaghticoke Nations have become diasporic, making it challenging to organize their people and keep their rich culture alive. They are in the formative stages of working to purchase back 180 acres in order to build a Conservation and Cultural Center. This center will allow them to revitalize their traditional knowledge and way of life with their own community and support their youth. This evening is intended to raise funds for the Schaghticoke First Nations Annual Unity Gathering, which will be hosted at the Watershed Center this June.

Please contribute