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Annual feast signals seasonal beginning

Scott Csernyik

5/30/2002 12:00:00 AM

It's viewed as a time to offer thanks to the Eastern Grandfather while honoring an appreciation for all of creation.

About 50 people attended the annual spring feast at the Elijah Elk Cultural Center on May 25. The event, hosted by the Seventh Generation Program, included speakers Jake Pine, Andrew and Kathy LeBlanc, Bucko Teeple and Michelle Wellman, as well as Coordinator Beaver Pelcher.

"I'm honored to be back here in this community again," stated Pine. "There are lots of teachings out there-the animals, birds, wind, water, sun and moon. There are so many things we take for granted. We take so much from Mother Earth, yet give back so little."

Pelcher, who recently spoke before the United Nations General Assembly, said it is important to remain humble throughout life.

"I feel pitiful and grateful for what we have after listening to other people who are less fortunate," he explained. "We must always be humble as we carry our beliefs. We're not going to retaliate on people who talk bad about us based on our color or sexuality. I believe in prayer, the use of tobacco. I appreciate our passed aways. We take care of them and they take care of us."

Andrew LeBlanc said through his teachings he has learned that the Creator has placed helpers in all four directions.

"Those helpers have been there since the beginning of time," he explained. "We all have a purpose in life and I guess it's up to us to allow that purpose to happen. Those spirits-they're going to help us and we're going to help them."

Teeple said it's important for communities to be conducting these types of ceremonies and activities.

"Many of our communities do not have these types of doings," he stated. "It's really important for our young people. They may be running around this room right now, but they are listening. Young people can do that. This is a time for new beginnings."