Saturday, October 25, 2014

Leaving the Mountain

Hello my relatives,

Thank you for all the kindnesses that you have shown to me over these past years. I have been shown by my teachers that all things travel in circles and that each season is a direction in the circle of time. Over the past eight circles of that time I have been honored to call the Grand Monadnock my home. In the first four of those circles I came to understand a little about this Spirit place and about myself. In the following four circles together with all of you, we have done much to help others here at this place.
My Spirit name is Noodin and it means wind. It brings to mind at this writing the term, winds of change, for in the traveling of cycles there is continual change. The work of many has culminated in much healing for Mona, the mountain, and the people of this place. I look back on this time with a smile of gratitude for being able to be a part of this change.
The work of the people will continue to feed the energy of this place. It is for all of us to be diligent in this work. I know for myself that I will always be here in Spirit and this place has become a part of who I am. Many will come looking to find answers and you must do all you can to help them. Do not judge them for when you judge others you are really judging yourself.
Our circles must continue and as a community we must stand strong. Our lodges must stay focused on the energy of Spirit. There are places for these things to occur and it is to each of you to find those places. The lodge at this place will be returned to Spirit and the circles must be moved in order to continue the journey. All of this is not about closure. It is about renewal to a new cycle in time.
As I sit here tonight I can hear the wind as it flows over the mountain brushing the trees with a breeze of renewal. The earlier rains and thunder have done the cleansing to accept this renewal. The night ones are quiet as they move about doing their work and the day ones are resting as they wait for a new light. All is good and all is peaceful with Mona.
This has been a good home and now it is time to move on.
Ishkode Ininnii / Fire Keeper
Ni zagia giin kina gego / my love to you all,

“To be centered is to stand alone together” Noodin

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Noodin Joins Us At WOOL FM Bellows Falls For A Conversation About Walking With Spirit

Author of White Mocs On The Red Road: Walking Spirit In A Native Way, James B. Beard Joins us at a special day of recording for Moccasin Tracks at WoolFM Bellows Falls, Oct 5, 2014. Thank-you Noodin for the gifts of these stories that you share with us on community radio. Noodin tells us to stay in touch with the spirit part of who you are.

Noodin shares stories about his personnel spirit walk from the heart as inspiration and learning if your heart hears in that way. We are gathered at Black Sheep Community Radio which is in an old building on an island back in the day. We gather with respect beside this place where there are ancestral markings on the rocks by the river looking up at us. The road is paved and the Canadian Energy Company "TransCanada" is the owner of the hydro-power produced here on the river.
Returning to Moccasin Tracks we are grateful to our guests recording with us for this broadcast. Dee Brightstar joins the conversation. White Wolf gifts us with 2 songs: Family Heart Blessings and Mother Earth, Peter Mayhew sings Slow Down and The Seed.
Find the picture album of this event on
pictures by Mindy Cambiar
Music Credit:
Ceremony of Morning by Rushingwind and Mucklow
Ancient Ruins by Rushingwind and Mucklow
Medz Hawk, Poetic Justice
Peter Mayhew on
Moccasin Tracks broadcasts on WJSC FM Johnson Mondays with The Wildside from 11AM-3PM (starting Nov 2014) at 90.7FM and online here:
Moccasin Tracks broadcasts on Tuesdays at WRUV FM Burlington at 90.1FM online at from Noon-2PM This program can be listened to all week at on Moccasin Tracks to listen to the 2-hour show!! thank-you for your interest

  James B. Beard aka Noodin   

“To be centered is to stand alone together” Noodin

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Cultural Education Project at Mt Monadnock


Cultural Educational Interpretive Program


Campers drawing of wigwam at:
 Gilson Pond Campground,
Monadnock State Park

Cultural Educational Interpretive Program - 2014

Not on the radar! We are working to re-establish this program after a three year hold. Information will be provided as developed.

If you have an interest in seeing this program please express your interest to:
Division of Parks and Recreation 
172 Pembroke Road
P.O. Box 1856
Concord, NH 03302-1856

Monadnock State Park ~ Gilson Campground Area

Proposal / Purpose

Proposing a Cultural Interpretive Program to enhance cultural knowledge. This project would be open to anyone. Guest presenters, State interpreter presenters and SCA interpretive presenters would benefit from having a specific area for their programs.

Educational programs to do with environment, culture, traditional teachings and wilderness survival would be offered. Focus is to be on understanding Native American Culture to enhance values for individuals and community. The physical area developed would be utilized by anyone in the community wishing to learn or experience indigenous cultural understanding. The area would be available to teachers offering programs relating to natural teachings from all forms of beliefs and science.

A variety of programs would be formed and staffed by volunteer craft people. Various crafting would be done depending on availability of experienced craft persons to do with making of Native tools and objects. Leather work and tanning, drums, shakers, beading, weaving, baskets, dream catchers, pouches and other projects will be offered in structured classes as well as on demand by individuals seeking to learn certain crafts.

The program mission is to encourage all people to accept one another with wisdom, respect, humility, honesty, love, strength and truth. To help all life in coming to know where we come from and where we will go in order to understand where we are.

A little history

In 2010 a new campground area was established and opened to the public at the Gilson Pond entry of Monadnock State Park. A small section of the picnic area in the field looking out over Mt Monadnock (great spirit / mountain that stands alone) was offered for a fire pit and story telling area. During the summer camping season the campers and visitors of the park have been offered a story telling program on Saturday evenings. Many visitors to the park have returned to hear the stories of the Native American people as told by James Beard a.k.a. Noodin, story teller, author of White Mocs on the Red Road: Walking Spirit in a Native Way, and founder of the Northeast American Cultural Resource.

During the summer of 2011, the program was expanded to include a: ceremony fire area, lodge area, birchbark wigwam, cooking fire pit and a crafting area under tarp cover. The photographs below indicate the ongoing progress of this project:  

    Central fire     native fabric 7 

Wigwam progressingnative fabric 4