As a family, the M'hicanuk began long ago, in another cycle, in a different dimension.
We began an organized effort to remember events when we realized we were losing our home over 12,000 years ago. We were given and accepted the task as a community of remembering until we would once again reach a similar point in human development. What follows is an abstract: condensed from the 2nd written version of our story as recalled in 2016.A fuller version appears as Origin 2016 Full. The first written version appears as Origin 2000.Both versions have been included as they are not the same.
The author was in different energetic states when recording. The accuracy of all versions has been confirmed by the Sagamore Michael J. D'Amico. the Keeper of the Story Sticks.
Origins Abstract of 2016
About 30,000 years ago M'hicanuk lived in Canada when it was warm, with the Onondaga and the Woolly Mammoth. The Mi'kmaq lived in areas at that time where they live now. As populations increased, M'hicanuk moved to an island continent to the southeast in the Atlantic, living along a great tidal river.
Then, about 12,500 years ago, it became known that the land would be submerged due to the misuse of the power source, the great crystals.
Scouts were sent out to find a suitable location to which to move. A great tidal river was spotted and it was decided to move here. The river was called Muh-he-a-kan-ni-tuck, for the M'hicanuk are the people who ebb and flow. Everything was packed up, loaded aboard ships and good-byes bade to those staying behind. The ships flew to the mouth of the Muhheakannituck. Dwellings and storehouses were built on the Palisades, as well as the first Nu Schodack, "our fireplace". Seeds were planted and the changes coming were considered.
Then it happened.
There were terrible earthquakes and storms for several 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 when, once again, a similar time and choice would present itself. 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 M'hiacan leaders are to see that all are adequately fed, sheltered and clothed. Three leaders are 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 has two runners which enable them to keep in communication with other villages, nations and confederacies.
The four circle/council system was instituted, as well as the requirement of consensus in decision making at all levels. Leaders are 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, given 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 or were seriously incapacitated.