In Native North American spirituality, birds are powerful allies in the natural world. Join us to hear Dr. Evan Pritchard, of Mi’kmaq and Celtic descent, speak about the gatekeepers of the four directions – eagle, hawk, crow, and owl – their roles in legends and the use of feathers in Native American rituals. Dr. Prichard will give examples of interpretations that can be applied in encounters with birds, along with ways we can encourage them to communicate with us.
Evan Pritchard 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. His latest book is Bird Medicine: The Sacred Power of Bird Shamanism. Evan is the founder and director of the Center for Algonquin Culture in Woodstock, NY, which is creating a series of books of words and phrases in Algonquian languages. Evan has worked with countless elders to help preserve the ancient history of North America. He has taught Native American Studies courses at Marist, Vassar, and Pace University, and lectures widely across the Eastern US and Canada.
*The Bedford Audubon chapter covers an area of Eastern Putnam County (Patterson, Carmel, Brewster and Mahopac), and the northeastern section of Westchester County (Yorktown and Somers in the west, North Castle, Bedford, North Salem, Lewisboro and Pound Ridge in the east).