Paul Joseph Bunnell's Response:
"You can find many native mixes in nearly every native nation just like spouses, adopted members, and as I said, today most tribes, and especially NE tribes are mixed/Metis. This doesn't mean that they can't reside in the organized areas. In this case, the Abenaki, Huron, MicMac and other Algonquin tribes have moved in and out of, and or settled in all the areas they exist in today. This is fact in today's melting pot. But in no way will I denounce any ethnic part of my heritage I wish to enjoy and learn from. I have direct relatives who settled in Rutland, Vermont in 1848, and I also have many related native bloodlines in the Vermont and New Hampshire areas, not to forget my Canadian and other areas of native lines. If native bloodlines are established in Koasek territory for nearly 200 years, then they should have the right to declare it in the native community."
"One of my other lines are New Brunswick Loyalists which I am also proud of. That ancestry area is very close and dear to me, because it also is home of my Acadian and more Native lines. My town of birth is Amesbury Mass. Does this mean I cannot belong to my ancestral relatives there? People have the right to celebrate any or all of their ancestral heritages. No one can take those choices away from them. The Algonquin peoples are all related. My Metis statement is fact. Show me a pure blood Abenaki? The geographical areas I mentioned in our research discussion doesn't change the fact that all these traditional lands were settled or hunted in by most of our ethnic native peoples in the past 5000-10,000 years. Before that, this area was two miles under ice. So, I guess this also really means that we are all Cherokee, Muscogee,Seminole, Chickasaw, and Choctaw nations from the Southern states."
This identity game is fine, if you are identifying non-natives, but the persecution tactics you are conducting is no worse then the Perkins extermination programs of the 1920-30's [Eugenics Survey of Vermont].
You remind me of the Twilight Zone episode where the evil man investigates everyone by his standards, and tried to destroy them, but at the end, he was shrunken down to a little weasel of a tiny man 3 feet high.
I guess I let you use me long enough. I feel sorry for you little man. Now it's my turn, is it not?"
Chief Paul J. Bunnell, UE, Author, Professional Genealogist
Gwilawato (He looks For Something)
Chief, Koasek Abenaki Nation & Tribal Genealogist
Koasek Traditional Band of the Sovereign Abenaki Nation
For Koasek Business contact: Koasek@yahoo.com
32 Hoit Mill Rd. #202, Weare NH 03281
Loyalty Is Everything
MORE EXCUSES for Paul Bunnell's appropriation of ... if his Metis statement is in fact .... FACT ... then he ought to have had no issue(s) or problem(s) whatsoever, of my posting his stated FACT that his group, as well as the other four groups are merely "METIS" groups ... and NOT ABENAKI TRIBES.
Mr. Paul Joseph Bunnell has searched his 'ancestral garbage can' (as any good genealogical-minded person tends to get addicted doing) and he's looked for any scrap of INDIAN / Native American Ancestry that he can find (it's like winning the Lottery these days....), and joined up with Nancy Lee (nee: Millette) and Nate Pero etc. subsequently he developed a persona of being an "Abenaki" or a "Koasek" etc.
Or is he Metis?
Just look at all those "title's" he lists.... if that isn't an EGO, I don't honestly know why it has been so important to claim he's a Chief, and a so-called "Professional Genealogist" etc.
Then again, there is A LOT of people that have quite DISTANT Native Ancestors, in the 1600's or 1700's ... and BELONG to NO COMMUNITY of NATIVE PEOPLES, KNOW NO NATIVE LANGUAGE, and have joined post-1974 CREATED INCORPORATION(S) that claim to REPRESENT _________ "Tribe" and so on ....
I think you got the idea, if you have read this blog's content.
"My 7th Great Grandmother was a Siberian Indian Shaman" and NOW I am an "Abenaki" from and of Vermont, and am ENTITLED to grants, status, identity and anything else I can get my grubby little thieving hands on ... 'cause I SAY I am an "Abenaki" ....
Paul Joseph Bunnell DOES NOT LIKE TRANSPARENCY, and obviously he doesn't like my previous post of this evening. Ohhhhh well ...
There wasn't any untruth to what I posted. He said it. I got the emails right here.
And perhaps Nancy Lee Millette was a descendant of a Huron woman Catherine Pillard, of the 1600's, whose descendants that were claiming and self-identifying as FRENCH or ENGLISH or WHITE, migrated to Vermont? It's a VALID INQUIRY to my thinking, considering Christopher Shawney was Nancy's ancestor!
Shawney = Shonyo/ Shinnio = Chagnon? Paul Bunnell's SAYS he didn't find ANY Native Ancestor connection(s) in Nancy Millette's ancestry. He had a vested interest not to find any connection(s) of native ancestry, in her genealogical background, to my thinking. Perhaps I am wrong?
Comparing me NOW, to a Eugenic's Advocate? Give me a break! I simply stated that having a 7th Great Ancestor whose HURON does not make the 7th Great Grandson an Indian nor an Abenaki ... this isn't ethnocide or genocide or anything of the like. It's simple common sense.
Nathan Elwin Pero has made certain claims and assertion(s) about his ancestor(s) being Chief's of a Koasek Abenaki Tribe, from 180 year ago to the present....
Ok, so where is the PROOF, the clear and convincing EVIDENCE of his claims?
Vermont Politicians, the VCNAA, and these FAKE WANNABIAK "ABENAKI" Incorporate Created Groups will HIDE their LIES and DISTORTIONS and Tactics of APPROPRIATION from the naive Vermonter and the GENERAL PUBLIC and the legitimately historical and cohesive Native Communities.
I chose not to hide their claims or their words....
Now Mr. Bunnell wants to imply that I am some sort of worse-than-the-Eugenics Survey - of Vermont and New Hampshire of the 1930's?
I guess TRANSPARENCY is a bit harsh for this "Chief" of the so-called "Koasek" "tribe" eh?
This isn't about self-identification or celebrating one's distant/remote ancestors, whoever they might be.
This State Recognition IS very much about stealing a culture identity, that does not belong to Mr. Paul Bunnell etc. nor any of these four other groups claiming now to be "tribes" .... of course, they will ALL claim to be thee Vermont "Abenakis" because $$$$ is involved, etc.
I do not follow or adhere to the 1-Drop-NDN-Rule.
Show us the actual factual ABENAKI ANCESTRY for 51% percent of ANY of the Vermont's four groups OR this 5th group that now seeks to gain Vermont State Recognition, transparently and openly.
If Paul Joseph Bunnell can't, which I know he can't (his group is comprised of Wannabiak, just like the other four groups in VT) because, as he SAID and states as FACT, they are METIS.
They have redefined the meaning of being an Abenaki -and- redefined the meaning of Metis as well, to suit their own created persona's, agenda's, and political dynamics.
So, I am a little man, according to Paul Joseph Bunnell, Chief of a Wannabiak "Tribe" of FAKE Koasek Abenakis, that uses a revisionist history filled with distortions, half truths and lies against the Historical and Contemporary Abenaki Peoples.
I guess Paul Joseph Bunnell was hoping I wouldn't ascertain his ancestors as well?
Dated 31 July 2005 - Book Review - French & Native North American Marriages, 1600-1800
Here is a great review of my book by Norm Leveilee, renown Native American Researcher. His website is: http://www.leveillee.net/roots/index.html He writes the following:
Késsinnimek - Roots - Racines
Mon Petit Coin by Norm Léveillée
A Book Review
The revised editon of Paul Bunnell's book French And Native North American Marriages 1600-1800 is a marvelous book dedicated to all our Native American and European ancestors who married to create a new nation of Métis. Paul has spent considerable time in this second edition, bringing up-to-date data based on more accurate resources.
In the introduction, Paul writes:
This work is dedicated to my Huron ancestors to whom I am related, in some cases several times.
And for the next two pages, he lists several of his Native American and European ancestors:
"Nicola Arendanki/Anenontha (Huron) who married Jeanne Otrihouandat/Otrihandit/Otrihoandit (Huron); Germain Doucet (possibly Micmac) married Marie Jeanne Bourgeois...;Jean Claude Landry (Micmac) married Marie Sale/Salle;...;Martin Aucoin married a Métis Woman (needs more research...); Pierre Lejeune married a MicMac/Mi'qnak Woman; Radegode (MicMac oral history says she was of First Nation People married Jehan/Jean Lambert are among those listed as his ancestors."
Did you know she had a METIS Membership Card from Claude Aubin's group out of Aylmer, in the Province of Quebec, Canada No. #M 00360 -and- she was a member of the Paul Wilson Pouliot's wannabiak group too? How MANY "tribes" as she dipped her old toes into over the years? 4-5-6-7 or 8? And now she is a "Nulhegan Abenaki" whose got "Vermont State Recognition".
Dated December 13, 2012 at 2:15 a.m.
I don't need to verbally attack anyone. I simply post the documents and add commentary. People choose to read my posts and commentary. They are welcome to leave the blog site and stop reading the blog content, at ANY TIME they so choose. There is No Hook set in anyone's ass, to assume this blog is a verbal attack on the Abenakis or any other legitimate historical or contemporary Wabanaki Nation or Community that has been COHESIVE, and CONTINUOUS genealogically-historically-and socially. I do not consider ANY group in "New England or Quebec, post-1974 to within this parameter of definition.
There are lots of DESCENDANTS out there; that does not make these DESCENDANTS Abenakis, Penobscots, Mohawks, Cowasucks, Pennacooks, Mi'Kmaq's, Maliseets, Cherokee's, Blackfeet, Lakota's or the like. Especially not because of some 9th Great Grand Ancestor, whose descendant(s) join Indian-ist Incorporation(s) throughout, simply because they want to PLAY INDIANS/ PLAY ABENAKIS etc.
Admittedly, and honestly, this is a blog about Wabanabiak, FAKE "Abenakis" throughout the past and present.... and FAKE Wannabiak "Tribes" within New England.
And some that I have found over the years (below) ...
My Woodward kith and kin were in the Eugenics Survey of Vermont, I doubt Paul Joseph Bunnell even laid eyes on the Eugenics Records, let alone, actually understands WHO were targeted, and or WHY those persons were targeted.
Of course, he probably buys into the MYTH that the Eugenics Survey was targeting the Abenakis of Vermont, because they were Abenakis/ Indians.
"Little Man" I might be, but I also have the researched documents to prove what I claim and comment on.
Let's see Mr. Paul Joseph Bunnell and or Nathan Elwin Pero have that same transparency and honesty about who they really are, and who their ancestors really were?
I won't hold my breath ....