Friday, July 21, 2017


A fundraiser to support the Indigenous Tribes of the Northeast in protecting Ceremonial Stone Landscape Features in Sandisfield, Massachusetts

Presenter: Doug Harris
Preservationist for Ceremonial Landscapes
& A Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office (NITHPO).

Doug Harris will present a history of Ceremonial Stone Landscape Features in the Northeast region and the struggle to preserve them. The hills and valleys of New England are dotted with living prayers of stone (Ceremonial Stone Landscapes) created by the Indigenous peoples of this region. These stone structures were built to create and restore harmony between human beings and Mother Earth. The prayers that they embody continue to live as long as the stones are kept intact.
Saturday, August 5, 2017
3:00-5:00 pm
First Churches, 129 Main Street
Northampton, MA
The church is handicap accessible and on a bus line
Please enter on the Center Street side of the building

You can make a tax deductible contribution in one of two ways

1) Write a check to Creative Thought and Action (memo: CSL), and mail it to Climate Action Now's treasurer: Rene Theberge, 250 Shutesbury Road, Amherst, MA, 01002.

2) Donate online by going to
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For more info and/or to help with this campaign contact Susan Theberge

Please include CSL in the subject line.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Reawakening on Turtle Island

   "I haven’t felt this good in years it seems. It’s like coming out of a fog that I’ve been lost in, returning to the familiar, coming back home..."

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Possible Manitou Stone (Griswold CT)

     When I asked James Finley if I could use this photo above, he sent me two more:

     James mentioned a nearby quarry - and asked a very good question: “There is a small quarry right at the bottom of the hill from where this stone is located. I'm sure most of the large stones used in and around the property came from this quarry. My question is, how could you tell if something was placed by Native Americans vs colonials given that this stone is directly along a road?”
   There’s no simple answer to the question –and, living in a home built about the time, all I can think of is more questions:
  Is that road a former Indian Trail?
    Is there more Indigenous Iconography in other stonework (such as the “wall” the stone seems incorporated into)?
  Looking at other photos, I wonder, how many times has an original stone wall been rebuilt or had stones added to?
    What else is there around there stone-wise, where does it lead to, what is enclosed?
    And I wonder about the house foundation: Is it quarried bricks and blocks, or is it like our house – serpents and turtles and a surprising number of rhomboidal stones??

    A link to the Historic Home (with more photos by James):

   (And  I took a few classes taught by a certain professor Jacobs whom I’m pretty sure was named for his relative Timothy Lester...)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Monday, July 03, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

Ancient petroform in Manitoba's Whiteshell Park destroyed

Rocks that formed shape of snake at sacred site rearranged into inukshuk
Austin Grabish - CBC News
 June 30, 2017 

An inukshuk now sits where there was previously an ancient petroform depicting a snake. (Diane Maytwayashing )

   “Petroforms are arrangements of rocks that make up the outline of an animal or other distinctive shape when viewed from a distance. The Bannock Point site is a sacred place used from time to time by First Nations people for ceremonial purposes, according to Manitoba Parks and Protected Spaces.
    But when Maytwayashing and her group reached the petroforms, they discovered the stones of one — arranged in the shape of a snake — had been rearranged into an inukshuk.
   "I felt my heart fall to my stomach. It was really horrible," said Maytwayashing who guides visitors to Bannock Point and Tie Creek. "It kind of numbed me because it was like a violation was happening."
    Maytwayashing, an Anishinaabekwe woman and area guide and educator, said the snake represented a sacred feminine ancient story. She said the stones are considered as sacred as the Stonehenge in England or the Egyptian pyramids.
     "It was a place of gathering for thousands of years."
      Maytwayashing believes the destruction of the snake petroform and building of the inukshuk was a malicious act of vandalism...”
 Full Story:

An Update:
“An elder who's spent his life caring for a series of sacred stones that were recently disturbed in a Manitoba park says the site can be put back together and still has a future.
Ron Bell, who hails from the Sagkeeng First Nation, says the snake-shaped petroform at Bannock Point, which an Indigenous tour guide discovered disturbed this week, isn't ruined and doesn't need to be protected by security.

"This is nothing new."

Bell said he's been taking care of that petroform and about 200 others that are largely unknown in the Whiteshell Provincial Park for 63 years.
I have all this stuff recorded," said Bell, who started taking care of the site when he was seven-years-old...”