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!