Pre-Full Moon Workshop: Hidden Between Earth & Sky with Evan Pritchard


  • $70.00



“Hidden Between Earth and Sky:
The Wappingers People and their Relationship to
Manitou (Great Spirit) and the Land.”
A workshop at COSM with Evan Pritchard
Saturday, March 30th, 2013: 3-6 PM

In this workshop, Evan Pritchard will give participants an introduction to the “hidden in plain sight” culture of the Wappingers people, including history, place names, customs, plant uses, cosmology and beliefs. Evan will show several famous examples of “illustrated maps of the New World” then together we will reconstruct the landscape of the Wappingers in Dutchess County, geographically and artistically on our own illustrated maps. Evan will provide participants with an 11x17 “blank” template map of the area as it was in 1492 for artists to illustrate as they wish based on his narratives about the Wappingers landscape; including waterfalls, roadways, villages, dugout ferry crossings, canoe landings, cairns, turtle effigies, hunting grounds, maysing(w) (The Little People) corn fields, haunted places, trout streams, wigwams, and more. We will also look at solstice and equinox lines and the significance the COSM property may have held 500 years ago midst those powerful solar alignments. Then as artists are finishing their portraits of the past, Evan will play Algonquin traditional music and give a brief lesson in playing the “lonesome” flute. Participants are encouraged to bring favorite art materials, (marking pens and a drawing board) cedar and bamboo flutes, shakers, drums, notepads, and any long-held questions as well.

Evan Pritchard, “Abachbahametch” (“Chipmunk”) of Mi’kmaq and Celtic descent, is the author of No Word For Time, Native American Stories of the Sacred, Native New Yorkers, and its sequel, Henry Hudson and the Algonquins of New York, which is required reading for many local High Schools (source: Barnes and Noble). He is the founder and director of the Center for

Algonquin Culture, which is also creating a series of books of words and phrases in Algonquian languages. Evan is also the author of Aunt Helen’s Little Herb Book, plus a book of Algonquin biographies, and self-guided Native American tour books. He has worked with countless elders to help preserve the ancient history of North America, notably the late William Commanda. Evan has taught Native American studies courses at Marist, Vassar, and at Pace University, and lectures widely across the Eastern US and Canada. His appearances on the History Channel have been seen by millions. His latest books are Bird Medicine: The Importance of Birds in Native American Spiritual Traditions—and Why They are More Endangered Than Ever Before, (Inner Traditions 2013) and Double Dutched: The Puzzling State of New York’s Native American Place Names. He gives workshops and lectures on Algonquin-related subjects throughout the eastern United States, which are listed in his newsletter The Landkeeper. He can be contacted through his website

$70 Full Day Ticket includes workshop, dinner & full moon

March Full Moon

The CoSM Store and the Mushroom Cafe will be open.

Rooms are available for rent in our fully renovated Victorian Mansion.

Many origianls and reproductions of Alex & Allyson Grey's artwork are on display in the guest house.

CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, 46 Deer Hill Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

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