To those who couldn’t come to the wonderful gathering of Monadnock Regional supporters we had on April 30, we are so sorry you missed it! The food was divine, the flute music and singing were an inspiration, and the presentation was insightful. We had a good size group of people who enjoyed the barbecued buffalo. The Friends Board of Directors had decided to serve only indigenous foods, so along with the bison meat, there were corn cakes, beans baked with maple syrup, fruit salad, wild rice, fry bread, and wojapi for dessert. Wojapi is a Lakota stewed fruit pudding—we combined blueberries and raspberries. The setting of the meeting/party was also beautiful, and many thanks to board member Mary Loftis and her husband, Paul Tuller, for letting us use their beautiful barn for the occasion. It was perfect.
Barry Higgins, Abenaki, of Greenfield, Massachusetts, played soulful and haunting music on his handmade flutes. My granddaughter said it was her favorite thing of the evening. Board member Sherry Gould, Abenaki, of Bradford, New Hampshire, sang a traditional honor song, and board member Jerry Goes In Center, Lakota, in her presentation, taught us that buffalo meat, being high in omega 3 fatty acids, is the “salmon of the prairie.” I spoke briefly about why our book project is so important to the children of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, and I thanked everyone for their continued support.
Members, if we do this again next spring, we hope you can join us. We’ll give you plenty of notice.