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I  Am

I am the Great Spirit who thrives on my own blessings

I hunger for justice of my own damaged children. 

I am the Great Eagle that watched as my children were slaughtered and driven from their lands,

Which I blessed many times for them. 

My spirit was there in the Drum

...as songs were sung for me, and my form took shape from the smoke of the tobacco

...when you offered the Pipe of Peace, in my name.

I have not left you my children,

I have felt your pain and the pain of your ancestors.

I wept when you were disgraced. 

I bled when you went into battle against your oppressors, and I mourned until I could no longer stand the pain in my heart

...at the Trail of Tears.  

Your numbers dwindled from sickness and you were driven to the Reservations, and now my children you are being bleached from society like sands on a lowly beach

...and cannot remember who you are. 

Like a wounded Eagle that could not take to flight

You were weakened and your spirit left you like a dying ember

From a rain soaked fire. 

Go then and take all the gifts I have given to you. 

Take the Holy Pipe of Peace, the Longbow, the blessed bows of the Cedar, the customs, traditions and countless stories I have whispered to you in your dreams. 

Teach these things to your children and to those of you who were bleached from society and don't remember who they are. 

Don't ever forget my children that the Great Spirit is here with you  

...whenever you hear me whisper in the wind   

...whenever you look up and see the Great Eagle soaring the thermals I set before him 

...and whenever you see the bright sun shining over the Great Rivers and Streams that I carved out for you

know that I am with you. 

and with every prayer and blessing I will bless you and write your destiny in my heart.

 

Antoine Gagnon

Portage Lake, Maine

 

       

 

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Wesget Sipu        

 is a Mi’kmaq phrase which translates to Fish River,  and in this way we honor the region now known as the Fish River Chain.

Our ancestors, the Native People of the St John River Valley; have hunted, fished and lived here from the beginning.  We are the people of Turtle Island, the children of the L'nu and Wolastoqiyik...the Mi'kmaq and the Maliseet.

We are dedicated to the preservation of our native culture & traditions.

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Wesget Sipu  

Fish River Tribe

Wesget Sipu  

Fish River Tribe

Chief Donat J Cyr

207-444-6359

donatjcyr@fairpoint.net

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Wesget Sipu Office

P.O.Box 197

Fort Kent Mills, Maine   04744

207-728-7182

Diane Bell

This site is very graphic intensive, those with dial-up internet may notice that the pages open slowly.  We appologize for the wait, and ask that you be patient.

Woliwon   Thank You

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Beverly A. Austin

 

 Beverly A. Austin (Laughing Water), 76, of Augusta, began her spiritual journey Thursday August 6, 2015 surrounded by her loving family, at her home.
She was born in Hallowell, November 29, 1938 the daughter of Sumner F. Sr. and Clara (Pitcher) Austin. She grew up in Hallowell and was a graduate of Hallowell High School. Beverly worked for several years at Hallowell Shoe. She went on to work for the State of Maine, Department of Public Safety, retiring after 13 years as Business Manager at the State Police Academy.
Beverly was a very loving and dedicated mom and loved her family very much. She was very involved in her Native American Culture. She loved to sew, garden and go to area casinos.
Beverly was predeceased by her parents; a brother, Sumner Austin, Jr. and two sisters, Barbara Austin and Judith Austin.
She is survived by her son, Anthony Austin, of Augusta; Evelyn Twist, who was like a daughter, of Washington; a brother, James Austin and his partner, Jody Small, of Albion; sisters, Bette Taylor, of Augusta and Jacqueline Austin, of Augusta; nephews, Don Austin and his wife, Lisa, of Augusta and James Austin, of Winterport; nieces, Staci Roberts, of Smithfield; Cindy White, of Chelsea; and Robin White, of N. Whitefield; along with several great-nieces and nephews and cousins.
She is also survived by native brother Peter & Jenny Newell, native sisters Sandy Chase, Pat Lily, Patsy Backeil, and Elise Fowler along with several others who are part of her Native American family that she loved and cherished so much.
A graveside celebration of life will be held at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Augusta on Thursday August 13, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Beverly’s name to the Alfond Cancer Center, MaineGeneral Office of Philanthropy, P.O. Box 828 Waterville, Maine 04903-0828 or MaineGeneral Hospice at the same address.
Arrangements are in the care of Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home. 



1938-2015

1938-2015

We Would Like to Thank You All

For Your Support And Enthusiasm During Our Annual PowWow!


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