Muhheakannuck Nations at Nu Schodack
The Origin of the Muhheakannuck
The Abstract ....
Then it happened. There were terrible earthquakes and storms for days. Then all went silent. The rains came. It rained for days. The low lands, Manhattan, M'merrick [Long Island], and Watuk [Staten Island] became islands and shrank as the waters rose. The ships no longer worked. Communication with others around the world was no more. The M'hicanuk were alone.
It was realized that new ways of remembering and recording history had to be invented and implemented, as well as passing it on to future generations until the day when, once again, a similar time and choice would present itself. So, the position of story teller became very important. M'hicanuk also began to recite their history as a people twice a year. This continued up into modern times when it was decided this was too dangerous due to the surveillance.
As a people, M'hicanuk grew and prospered, overcoming the emotional challenges and developing new ways of managing relationships, individually and collectively. The primary duties of leaders were to see that all were adequately fed, sheltered and clothed. Three leaders were responsible for each village, each nation and each confederacy: the [peace] Sagamore, the Owaya [war] Sagamore/ M'hooquepau [high warrior] and the M'hooquothoth [consigliere]. Each leader had two runners which enabled them to keep in communication with other villages, nations and confederacies. The four council system was instituted, as well as the requirement of consensus in decision making at all levels. Leaders were nominated by the women's council and approved by the four circles. The M'hicanuk moved south and then north along both sides of the M'heakannituck and along the new Atlantic coastline as the glacier melted, with Nu Schodack periodically migrating north, centrally located, on the M'heakannituck. Nu Schodack was last publicly located in the Albany area at the time of Henry Hudson's visit, centrally located north and south. Schodack Island was the site of the council fire.
The Seven Fires Prophecies, some 350 years prior, had warned M'hicanuk to receive the visitors graciously, to not fight them no matter the visitors intentions and actions, and that these immigrants must eventually be assimilated or there would be no Eighth Fire. It quickly became apparent that much effort would be required and M'hicanuk began hiding right out in the open with the signing and breaking of the first treaties. Eventually, only leaders and their familes remained visible. It was fortunate that the Europeans rarely look up.
M'hicanuk continued following traditional ways until after World War II with the turning of attention in the U.S. to domestic matters. The public annual gathering [family reunion] in an Agawam Park was discontinued in the early 1950s after the Springfield Police were badly beaten. Speaking M'hicanuk with the children was also discontinued as being too dangerous. The training of children in M'hican leadership responsibilities was seriously disrupted by the Viet Nam conflict when only one, half trained, person remained following the decease of the two Tunxis Sagamores and the clan leaders in 1967. All the others died.
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