My Promethean Year 2004

June 6th. Sunday: Shawna the “antiquarian” and I met Ted Timreck the anthropologist (producer of the History Channel Segment “The Red Paint People”) at the Beekman Arms and went in search of a stone structure in the wilderness of darkest Rhinebeck, NY which Shawna had seen seven years ago. We spent several hours marching up and down steep hilly pathways in the forest behind Shawna, our guide, but we could not find the stones. Our discussions however turned out to be important, and we all realized the importance of the stones. We found a pile of loose stones, and Ted filmed me talking about other similar piles in Rhinebeck which local lore says are cairn burials of late 19th century Mohicans. He used that clip for a new film on stone structures. Ted then treated us to a light lunch at Schermy’s Diner on Main Street, and we had a great chat, swapping tales and ideas. Ted as a filmmaker is trying to overcome the racial stereotype that Eastern Algonquins were/are backwards and primitive and incapable of creating stone structures. I as an Ethnic Algonquin am trying to help. Algonquins are the landkeepers for much of North America, and are by tradition, extremely peaceful people. What befalls the Algonquins is therefore important to the entire world as they are in a powerful position to pray for peace to emanate from the United States (and Canada) if and when it is possible. Certain “official” powerful offices seem determined to keep alive the myth that the Algonquins were a few scattered beggars with no culture, people that we are better off without. The opposite is true. Even though we didn’t find our “quarry” (sorry for the pun) our conversation increased our enthusiasm for the task. What we didn’t know was that an amazing discovery had been just a hundred feet away from us at one point, and we didn’t know. Since I’d been fasting, I was quite pooped when I got to Shawna’s, and had to rest. I was so zonked that when I awoke I had no idea where I was at first. Shawna has an amazing collection of books, I read from Mercia Eliadie’s Shamanism. Then we talked about peace and justice issues for an hour, and it helped inspire me to start this blog.