July 14, 1981
Great Lakes National Retreat set at Albion
The fourth annual Great Lakes National Retreat, sponsored by Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship, will be held Albion College, on July 26, 31, 1981. The full coast of the retreat covers room, board and program, including recreation. Noted personalities from widely divergent disciplines will be present workshops, lectures, and rap sessions. ...
Gerald Rancourt Tsonakwa, who is an Abenaki Indian from Canada, will lecture on "Native American Spiritual Heritage" and conduct his similar workshop daily.
“All the time I have been away from my home I have thought of my family. When I was sixteen years old and my parents saw me off down the dusty road from Sainte Méthode, I thought I would be back soon. I often wondered what it would have been like if I had stayed home, what more I might have learned from my father and mother. For years my father urged me to come home and carve, and after his death, I began to carve again. Now when I make my masks and sculptures, my father and mother are with me.”
The Light of Dawn From the Land of Dawn
Tsonakwa and Yolaikia
Belonging to a drum group temporarily simply meant he associated with Odanak; not that his Great-Grandfather Louis Bowman, was ever proven to be an Obomsawin, let alone an Abenaki man.
Gérard A. "Tsonakwa" Rancourt
Marilyn Bernadet (nee: Sciolé) a.k.a. Yolai’kia Wapita’ska