Posted in Uncategorized, tagged bison, connecticut, farm, goshen, indian, music, native american, new england, rin tin tin, song, television, white buffalo, www.thehour.com on July 20, 2012 |
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Did anyone watch the television show Rin Tin Tin as a kid?
I thought of it today when I read this awesome AP story:
“The birth of a white bison, among the rarest of animals, is bringing Native Americans who consider it a sacred event to celebrate at one of the least likely of places, a farm in New England.
“Hundreds of people, including tribal elders from South Dakota, are expected to attend naming ceremonies later this month at the northwestern Connecticut farm of Peter Fay, a fourth-generation Goshen farmer.
“Native Americans in the area have come with gifts of tobacco and colored flags for Fay and the bull calf since it was born there a month ago, and Fay is planning to offer his hay field as a campsite for the expected crowds.
” ‘They say it’s going to bring good things to all people in the world. How can you beat that? That’s the way I look at it,’ Fay said.” More. (There’s a photo there, too.)
I knew I had to blog about it because I loved the Rin Tin Tin episode when young Rusty is in dire straights and is saved by the White Buffalo. I know the song from that episode by heart. It was one of my brother’s records when he was little, although I don’t think it made it into the website with his blues records.
“There’s an old Indian legend that I heard long ago.
“It’s about a special valley and the White Buffalo.
“The legend says you’ll find it if your heart is brave and true
“And you treat all men as brothers no matter what they do.
“I have searched for that valley since I started to grow.
“I won’t stop until I find it — and the White Buffalo.”
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged busker, indian, it was you, masked ball, minnesota, native american, opera, opera guy, porter square, subway, verdi, wesley ray thomas on November 21, 2011 |
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This morning at Porter Square, none of the escalators were working. As I walked down the long staircase into the subway, I heard music. That is not unusual. We commuters often get to hear a busker or a group of musicians at Porter Square, some of them truly outstanding. Today as I descended I thought I heard opera.
It was indeed opera. Baritone Wesley Ray Thomas had set up his boom box and was performing “It Was You” from Verdi’s “Masked Ball.” When I say “performing,” I mean that not only was he singing beautifully but acting. Very emotional. I waited for a train to go by so I could hear the whole piece.
I asked for Thomas’s card, which gives his MySpace site, but when I poked around on YouTube, I found much more.
It turns out that not only is Thomas an opera singer, but being partly American Indian, he participates in the singing at PowWows and other traditional events.
I highly recommend this six-minute video. (The subway location shown is Porter Square.)
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged aquaculture, boston, budden, chafee, consul general, dutch, first warden, gaffett, indian, indians, kibbelaar, manissean, navigator, new shoreham, oyster, rhode island, stanley cup, vancouver on June 19, 2011 |
A swell time was had by all at the 350th anniversary of British settlers landing their boats on the shores of what is still the smallest community in the smallest state! The sun shone, the speakers were brief, and lots of pictures were taken.
I thought we had come a long way as a country when several speakers, including the governor, acknowledged that the Manissean Indians were there first and that there would be another ceremony at the Indian Cemetery the following weekend, with another commemorative marker.
The governor, who had earlier visited an oyster aquaculture area by boat, was brief and gracious. Interesting speakers included a Rear Admiral with a surname that is pronounced — I kid you not — Neptune. He gave the chief of police an award for a risky rescue at sea last year.
Dutch Consul General Kibbelaar was there because it was a Dutch navigator who originally named the island as he sailed by without landing. British Consul General Budden, based in Boston, made jokes about his brother who is the Consul General in Vancouver and the bet he intended to collect since Boston won hockey’s Stanley Cup. Budden was invited because the British were the ones who landed at Settlers’ Rock 350 years ago. He said that Britain today is the biggest foreign investor in Rhode Island. The chorus of the island school (which had recently graduated all seven seniors) sang the Alma Mater and “America the Beautiful.”
Gov. Lincoln Chafee (in green blazer)
First Warden Kim Gaffett (in straw hat) and governor
Dutch Consul General Kibbelaar (in white suit)
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