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Bole Baskets For Sale
Here are two baskets made by the Boles Family. As you know Mike Boles, husband/father just passed away. They are in need for the expense. These beautiful baskets were made by Megan Boles.
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Welcome to my cookbook. This book contains Native American recipes, hunter's recipes and a few Appalachian recipes. I also placed in a few recipes that are more modern but tried to use ingredients that were around two hundred years ago. First Nation Cookbook is not just a cookbook; there is a section using herbs and spices for medicinal teas and I used WebMD to explain any type of problem that could arise. There is a blurb, not my authorship, about the Abenaki Indians and a couple of our legends. find on amazon
Our Abenaki Corn Comes Home
Our Native Abenaki Corn Comes Home after 300 Years
On Sunday, September 17, 2006, Charlie and Sarah Calley of Newbury, Vermont returned some Abenaki
corn seeds to our Koasek chief Nancy Millette which was a great honor to our people after 300 years. Though it may seem like a small gesture on behalf of the Calley’s, it meant a lot to our Koasek tribal members who gathered to receive the gift.
Our Co-Chief Brian Chenevert was very pleased at this historic moment. As customary after receiving a gift, the Abenaki always give a gift in return. The Calley’s received some Indian sage, an item used for prayer - a small Abenaki basket and a T-shirt bearing the name of the Koasek Abenaki Tribe.
A Cherished Tradition Centuries before the arrival of English settlers in the 1760s, the
native Abenaki people grew corn on the fields on both sides of the Connecticut River according to
historical information gathered by Charlie and Sarah Calley. When the settlers arrived, they obtained corn seeds from the Indians and continued growing it, always saving enough seed for next year's
The process of planting this corn which only grows about waist high and produces one four-inch ear per stalk, was passed down through the generations of the settlers and eventually came to the family of
the late Carroll Greene. The Calley’s met the Greene’s in 1973. The Greene’s eventually gave the Calleys several ears of dried seed corn and asked them to keep the process going.
Every spring since 1973, the Calley’s said, they have planted the seed, thinning and weeding the rows and enjoying the corn, which comes early, usually in July. The Calley’s said the corn withstands drought very well thrives in a wet summer and never gets diseased.
The Koasek Abenaki Tribe redistributed the seeds and start replenishing the corn. The day after our pow wow, several members plus Chief Brian Chenevert went to a nearby garden and planted the corn seeds for the first time. The event was very exciting.
The Three Sisters Garden
Who are the three sisters? They are not people at all... To Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands, the term "Three Sisters" refers to corn, beans, and squash, known for their compatibility and the way they complement and help each other as they grow, a kind of cooperation between vegetables and fruit. This form of gardening is also called companion planting. Modern-day agriculturists know it as the genius of the Indians, who interplanted pole beans and squash with corn, using the strength of the sturdy corn stalks to support the twining beans and the shade of the spreading squash vines to trap moisture for the growing crop. Research further revealed the additional benefits of this companion planting. The bacterial colonies on the bean roots capture nitrogen from the air, some of which is released into the soil to nourish the high nitrogen needs of the corn.