• Songs of Power; Entities of Light

    Songs of Power; Entities of Light:

    Spirituality and Worldview of the Abenakis and their Wabanaki Neighbors

    9:00 Am-4:00 PM, March 24th.  Abenaki Tribal Headquarters 100 Grand Ave. Swanton

    • What are the fundamental elements of our ancient spirituality?
    • What is power?
    • Did/do we have shamans and what do shamans do? 
    • What does “All our relations” mean, spiritually?
    • What is personal ceremony  (birth, puberty, marriage, profession, death) from an Abenaki perspective?
    • Are places sacred and why?
    • Did we have a well developed sense of medical spirituality?
    • Agricultural cultures like the Abenakis have special types of spirituality, what is it like?
    • What is wampum and is it sacred?     What are the Wampum Laws?
    • What is religious syncretism  (a historical blending of Abenaki and other traditions such as Catholicism or “Pan-Indianism”)  and how should we deal with it today?
    • How do we Abenakis fit into the overall setting of Native American Spirituality and Worldview?

    Discussion is VERY MUCH encouraged!