The Chosen


I’ve decided on what I’m gonna read at the Block Island Event – The Archaeologist and Historian has asked me to read something so – I’m using one that has always been dear to my heart – It seems fitting for a dedication for the Native American’s on the Island – My Ancestors~
“The Chosen”

We are the chosen – In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors.
To put flesh on their bones and make them live again – To tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.
Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts – but instead – breathing life into all who have gone before.
We are the story tellers of the tribe – All tribes have one – We have been called, as it were, by our genes.
Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. – So, we do – In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count.
How many times have I told the ancestors, “You have a wonderful family – you would be proud of us.”.
How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say.
It goes beyond just documenting facts – It goes to who I am, and why I do the things I do.
It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying – I can’t let this happen.
The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh – It goes to doing something about it.
It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish – How they contributed to what we are today.
It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up – their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family – It goes to deep pride that the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a nation – It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us – It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth – without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach – That we might be born who we are – That we might remember them – So we do – With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence – because we are they and they are the sum of who we are.
So, as a scribe called – I tell the story of my family.
It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family storytellers.
That is why I do my family genealogy – and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those who we had never known before.”
by Della M. Cummings Wright; Rewritten by her granddaughter Dell Jo Ann McGinnis Johnson; Edited and Reworded by Tom Dunn

Chagum Native American Genealogy Research Book Done By Coni Dubois 6/5/11


Chagum Native American Genealogy Research Book Done By Coni Dubois 6/5/11

This is the FINISHED (or until I get back from my trip) product of my Genealogy Research Book on the Chagum line – I’m printing my copy now – will take it to Office Depot and they bind it for me – less then $10.00 – Now that this is finally done it’s time to start getting all my packing ready (will be gone for almost a month plus camping so gotta prepare for that)

I’m leaving on June 22 for a 3 week Genealogy Trip 

My itinerary:
1. Leaving Louisiana June 23rd
2. June 25- June 26 – Pt. Judith For Block Island – June 26th Tribute to the Native American of the Island – Hotel – Private tour by Pam Gasner
3. June 27- July 1st –Dorchester, Massachusetts – Where Cockenoe was after the Pequot war and writing for 1st bible – Historical Society and such – this will be research – Possibly be able to do Salem – and Plymouth Rock – would like to do the Indian villiage at the Plymouth Plantation this year – didn’t go last year~ – Hotel/Camping
4. July 2nd – Tribal Get together asked to come too (dinner is $25.00 per person) – Hotel
5. July 5th – Pequot Museum – – Hotel
6. July 6th Cockenoe Island – – Hotel/Camping possibly
7. July 7th- 10th Long Island – Will be doing a lot of sightseeing and important spots of our Native American’s – remember to stock up on batteries!!! Research/Camping
9. July 11-15 Barkhamsted Lighthouse Camping Trip – Kenny Feder/Archeologist is giving us a private tour of Barkhamsted Site
10. Chancellor Virginia and then home for me~

I will be posting video’s and pictures of my trip

The Lord’s Prayer in Quiripi


This prayer is taken from a catechism written in 1658 by the Reverend Abraham Pierson. It is written in a pidginized form of Quiripi, using English rather than Algonkian word order and with no pronunciation guide. I have changed the 17th-century “italic f,” which represented an “s” sound, to an “s” throughout to avoid confusion (Pierson spelled “trespasses” as “trefpaffes,” so I think it’s safe to assume that “kèfuk” is meant to be “kèsuk.”) Otherwise I have printed the text exactly as Pierson did. Since even English spelling was not standardized at the time (Pierson spelled his own name indiscriminately as “Pierson” and “Peirson”), there are probably many potential inaccuracies in this text, but since we have so few documents in the Quinnipiac language, this one is valuable.

Quiripi translation:

Noûshin aûsequamuk terre

wérrettepantammunatch wòweztâuonatch kowésewunk

Peamoutch’ kúkkussootúmmowunk,

kòrantàmmowunk neratch

sket’ôkke nenar âusequamuk terre,

Mèsonah èa kèsuk kónkesekatush noméetsounk,

petúkkenêag akquantamínah nomàtchereúnganansh

nenar tàkquantaminan ewojek nomàtcherehéaqueàguk,

Asquonsàkkongonan rame-re mítchemôuretounk,

webe kûppoquohwhèriggamínah wutche madjk’

wutche kèkatah kètassootómoonk,

quah milkèssowunk quah àíttarwejanúnguesówunk

michème quah michème: Ne râtch.

English version:

Our Father, who art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy Name.

Thy kingdom come,

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

For ever and ever. Amen.

Pasted from <http://www.native-languages.org/quiripi_prayer.htm

Chagum Logo – For Cap’s & Tee shirts for the Genealogy Trip


Hi Coni…

 Attached is the CHAGUM logo I designed.
Chagum means (red winged) blackbird in Algonquin, according to two sources

Chagum Logo Designed by Sheryl Robinson

  I am having it embroidered on “baseball” type caps that are yellow like the stripe on the bird’s wing.

 I am ordering 15 caps.  Could you pass this on to those attending in honor of the Chagum Line to get orders?
I will have a price for you soon.
 I am also going to experiment with transferring some decals of the logo onto tee shirts or Oxford’s.
 God Bless……..

 Sher