May 2021, Vol 11

Kwai Everyone

Welcome to the 11th issue of the Ko’asek Tribal Tidbits!  Today’s exciting segments are by  tribal members:  Chief Paul,  Angel Littlecrow, Steven Wright, and a recipe I am sharing from Sub Chief/Elder Sandra’s cookbook. .  Thank you all for your wonderful contributions!  

Quotes, Thoughts, and News:

Today’s quote for May is from “365 Days of Walking the Red Road” by Terri Jean (Thank you Chief and Elder Paul):
On 4 May 1999: Sacagawea and her infant child were chosen to appear on the new golden United States dollar coin

Quote:It has come to me through the bushes that you are not yet all united; take time and become united.”  – Big Bear   (no date)

Tribal News!
Chief Paul and & Security/War Chief David Nepveu

On 3 April 2021, we had our awakening of our donated cedar tree by the Kennedy/Bascom family that we planted last fall. The tree was alive and well, and besides having Claremont City officials, and the Keene State, Cohen Holocausts library camera people and director, we had a special visitor on the hill behind us about 25 yards away was a beautiful doe. Topping off the ceremony was the sounds of the frogs calling out from our pond not far away. It was a good day and I thank everything to the efforts of War Chief David Nepveu.

We are on Wikipedia!

Thank you Mary H. Doonan for the great idea of having our tribe and history on Wikipedia!  And thank you Chief Paul for getting it set up in record time!  We are being seen by the world!  See it at

Classes and Facebook page news:

Ko’asek Drumming class:   Song books are now available.  Thank you Chief Paul and Daniel Duhaime! Come join us!  We sing and have lively conversations with laughter.  Please email Chief Paul and a Zoom link will be sent.  We meet every Sunday at 1pm EST except on the Sunday of the Tribal Council meeting.  

Members of Ko’asek (Co’wasuck) Traditional Band of the Sovereign Abenaki Nation Facebook Page:  Our members are growing in the group! Thank you to all that posted wonderful articles. It’s wonderful to read a variety of topics.  

 I will continue to add articles about different tribes and include an ancient dna kit of that tribe if it is available. It was wonderful to be able to share the Mi’kmaq ancient kit.  This will all work with our Gedmatch Project and the Ko’asek Chatter House genealogy chat group.  If you find an ancient Native American kit, please feel free to post it with any information found on that group.  It is very exciting to research!

We are successfully adding  more Gedmatch kit numbers to the Tribal DNA Project.  Many are excited to be involved in this.  Please remember it is private.  No kits may be shared outside the group.  This is a wonderful tool to help with genealogy and connect with others in the tribe.  For more information, please contact Candy Conner, Steven Wright or GiGi Brakeville.

Ko’asek Chatter House genealogy chat room.  The new Facebook Chat group, which we have designated ‘Ko’asek Chatter House’ has been a lot of fun We formed this chat group to share our heritage stories and find our common ancestors together as a family group. Family trees, family traditions, and even DNA markers, and how they connect us, are explored.

Keeping tabs on each other’s health and tracking our Tetreaus on this family tree, this is how the conversation grows.  Come on over to the Ko’asek Chatter House cause i’s really neat, you can even find out aou Native eats!- Steven – Agma Nosok 8wdi

Today’s Bio features tribal member Angel Littlecrow. Welcome Angel!

Angel Littlecrow is a disability activist and health advocate studying transitional environments in Central Texas. Years of self-advocacy and struggles within colonial systems as a blind & physically disabled Indigenous person led her to search for ways to help others in similar positions. Now, she works with organizations in the US and Canada to advocate for and protect disabled people at all intersections of life. Through work with grassroots organizations such as Disability Filibuster and the Texas Indigenous People’s Interest group, she speaks out and speaks up whenever possible.

The Texas Indigenous People’s Interest Group has provided mutual aid in the forms of delivering portable water, shipments of Narcan, homemade food, medicine and PPE since September 2020, as well as publicly opposed the Permian Highway Pipeline. Requests for mutual aid are open to Indigenous people nationwide, and can be directed to:   Outside of work, Angel explores the stranger sides of disability, family, and LGBTQ2S identity through art. Her artwork ranges from poetry to experiential pieces made to be seen & felt in person. At home, Angel enjoys the company of her two cats and her fiancé.

(Abenaki) Full Moon Names- English Full Moon Names (Part 3)

Here is the Old Farmers Almanac’s list of the English full Moon names.

(Adapted) from the Article: What the Abenaki People Called the Full Moon. The New England Historical Society by Steven Wright

  • January:        Wolf Moon (or Old Moon)
  • February:      Snow Moon (or Hunger Moon)
  • March:           Worm Moon (or Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Sugar Moon, Sap Moon)
  • April:              Pink Moon (or Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, Fish Moon)
  • May:              Flower Moon (or Corn Planting Moon, Milk Moon)
  • June:             Strawberry Moon (or Rose Moon, Hot Moon)
  • July:              Buck Moon (or Thunder Moon, Hay Moon)
  • August:         Sturgeon Moon, (or Red Moon, Green Corn Moon)
  • September:   Harvest Moon (or Corn Moon, Barley Moon):
  • October:        Hunter’s Moon (or Travel Moon, Dying Grass Moon)
  • November:    Beaver Moon (or Frost Moon)
  • December:    Cold Moon (or Long Nights Moon)

Today from Sub-Chief/Elder Sandra Mcgrath’s Cookbook, ” First Nation’s Cookbook”, homemade beef jerky.

(Recipe made by GiGi and Juliana Brakeville)

This was a great recipe and the beef jerky we made lasted only for the day!  Yes, it was that good!  We also made Tanka Bars.  A weblink is listed in this wonderful recipe to provided further help.  Enjoy!

Jerky Matilda (listed in cookbook under other)Cut meat into strips, max. 1/4″ thick, generally with grain.Remove sinew and fat where possible. Mix in large bowl:

  • 3 cups of soy sauce (cheap stuff)
  • 1/2 cup of Worcester sauce
  • 1/2 bottle (2 to 3 oz) liquid smoke, 2/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder,
  • 1-2 tbsp. chili powder,
  • 2 tbsps black pepper.

Mix meat in until your arm is about to fall off.  If not completely submerged, mex more liquid.See more at

Our beef jerky!

Please email submissions by the 15th of each month for publishing.  Also articles need to be between 100 and 120 words with 1 to 2 pictures.  Quotes, pieces of history, bios, recipes and everything is welcome! 

Please email submissions to:  snoopy8u@yahoo.comOlwini,GiGiBemosa Spiwi – Walks with the Earth

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Our next Meeting is Sunday, June 20, 2021 at 1pm (Eastern Time).  Come share your thoughts and ideas!!

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