Muhheakannuck Nations at Nu Scodack
The Origins of the Muhheakannuck
2016 full version
This is the full edition of the 2nd written version of our origin story as recalled in the Winter of 2016. The accuracy of both versions has been confirmed by the Sagamore Michael J. D'Amico. the Keeper of the Story Sticks.
The Origin and Disappearance: History as Remembered, Seen and Told by Tunxis M'heakanuck
It was a hot summer night in ’72. We were playing blackjack with mother-in-law Frankie. She was winning as usual. Good that we were playing with her pennies. Made the game friendly. About 2 am she started naming her late husband’s siblings. There were the 3 Lucy had with Larkin Dixon. Then there was Truc, Muddie, Dickie, Freddie, Bill, Barney, Frank, Jerry, John, Cliff, Margaret … all children of Lucy and Reuben. Then there were Reuben’s children by other women. Frankie named 34 in all. She said there were others but she couldn’t remember their names. And we didn’t think to write them down, not realizing Frankie would leave us within 6 months.The number 34 has significance. There were 34 different nations represented by the signers of the Treaty of Farmington of 1640, all living as Tunxis. These included the Six Nations and other related peoples, four Dakota/Lakota/Nakota nations [Santee, Teton, Yankton, etc.], Ute, Piute, Shoshone, Dine, etc., as well as other Algonquin peoples. There were 34 images on the two totem poles standing on the banks of the Tunxis Sepoo. And 34 is my number. Fast forward twenty years. Ben, a Montauk cousin, handed us a one sheet pamphlet, printed in Utah, that said the Tunxis were extinct, had been for over 350 years. But the paper noted the Tunxis were a very important people. This is the tale of how we came to be and how we disappeared. The Island Continent North America has been home to the Algonkian and other indigenous people for tens of thousands of years. Long ago, when Canada was warm, the M'heakannuck were neighbors with the Onondaga and the Woolly Mammoth. About 30,000 years ago, as the numbers of all three groups increasingly grew, the M'heakannuck decided to migrate southeast to an island continent in the Atlantic, commonly referred to today as Atlantis. The Atlanteans had a highly spiritually organized civilization which in time became very technically advanced. Global communication and travel was the norm. People living on Earth now are beginning to reach the levels of this culture in many ways. This civilization, however, also came to experience issues similar to those faced today. Some people did not respect the free expression of others, some were devoid of compassion and some did not respect Mother Earth. There was disagreement over the use of the power source, the giant crytals whose energy was harnessed for communication, transportation, etc. Atlantis had two major periods of physical upheaval as a result of this disharmony before it finally sank beneath the waves about 12,500 years ago. People had advance warning through dreams and predictions of wise ones that the land would be submerged although there was disagreement as to if this would indeed happen. [Sound familar?] Advance people were sent out to find suitable places to which to relocate. A number of such places were found and our people chose the M'heakannituck for it was like the river along which we lived, having similar traits, such as being tidal with currents running in many directions. Our river was called the M'heakannituck, so named for we are people who ebb and flow. Return to mainland North America We packed up as much as we could in a short time: books, tools, instruments, seeds, plants, etc., loaded everything aboard ships, said our goodbyes to those staying behind, and flew to the mouth of the M'heakannituck. We settled on the Palisades on the west bank for we knew the waters would rise. We built dwellings and store houses, planted vegetable and flower gardens, as well as trees, explored our new home. Seeds were planted and the changes coming were contemplated. We were the followers of the One. One day it happened. There were terrible earthquakes, violent thunder storms and high winds for hours, maybe days. Then all went silent. The rains came. It rained for many days. The land mass shrank as the waters rose. The low lands, lower Manhattan, M'merrick [Long Island], and Watuk [Staten Island] were submerged. As the waters receded they became the islands we know today. The power source was gone. The ships no longer worked. Communication with others around the world was no more. The M'hiacanuck were alone. We saw the sun again. Life went on but very differently. The emotional trauma and energetic devolution wiped out much of the memory of the way things were before. Very few remained sufficiently evolved to remember more than what was needed for basic daily survival. There was no hope of communicating with those in other parts of Earth. We had to reinvent ourselves by ourselves. With much trial and error, we recreated ways of surviving, living, even prospering.
The M’hiacanuck were tasked with remembering. It was realized that new ways of remembering and recording history had to be created, as well as passing the stories on to future generations until the day when, once again, a similar time and choice would present itself. The position of story teller became very important. Stories were recorded on “story sticks” which resemble condolence canes. M'hiacanuk also began to recite their history together as a people twice a year. This continued up into modern times when it was decided it was too dangerous to continue this due to increasing surveillance.