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[ENS] Winter Talk XIX centers around Jamestown experience from Native point of view / Catalyst: Grea

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Date Fri, 2 Feb 2007 12:52:12 -0500

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Winter Talk XIX centers around Jamestown experience from Native point of view

By Jan Nunley

[ENS] In many Native traditions, winter is the time for gathering to share stories. Out of those ancient ways came Winter Talk, an annual retreat for American Indian, Alaskan Native and Native Hawai'ian Episcopalians, lay and ordained.

For most of its 19-year existence, Winter Talk was held in Oklahoma. But the 2007 retreat, held January 12-16, gathered more than 70 participants at Chanco on the James, a retreat center owned by the Diocese of Southern Virginia. The center is across the James River from the site of one of the first encounters between the native peoples of North America and immigrants from Europe: Jamestown, founded in 1607 as the first permanent English settlement in what became the colony and later the state of Virginia. It is from Jamestown that the Episcopal Church traces its origins in the Americas.

According to Native American national missioner Janine Tinsley-Roe, holding Winter Talk there was a way of kicking off a year of reflection on the impact of the Jamestown settlement, reaffirming the Episcopal Church's 1997 Jamestown Covenant, and inaugurating a second Decade of Remembrance, Recognition and Reconciliation with indigenous peoples in the Episcopal Church.

Winter Talk is a place and time for native Episcopalians and Anglicans to laugh and cry and pray -- and laugh some more. For despite 400 years of struggle against displacement, poverty, and attempted cultural genocide, no gathering of native peoples is without abundant laughter.

"One of the ways first peoples overcome oppression is through humor," explained the Ven. Dr. Hone T. Kaa, from the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, representing the Mâori people of the "Land of the Long White Cloud."

"We tell jokes about each other as a way of easing the pain, a way of masking exactly how we feel about things," he said. "We are struggling to find our identity in the midst of a majority culture, but it doesn't have to be gruesome. It is what you make of it."

Not that there is no anger -- it is there, and very real. What may be dry narratives in a history book for non-Natives are deeply personal and living family memories that still affect the daily lives of Native people.

At Winter Talk XIX, participants were asked to respond to the story of the Jamestown settlement. What emerged after several days were stories and artwork reflecting the pain that reverberates from the impact of the European invasion as it swept from the East and Gulf Coasts to Alaska and Hawai'i.

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A Winter Talk photo gallery is available at

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Catalyst: "Great Music of Holy Week and Easter" from Church Publishing, Inc., performed by the Choirs of St Mark's Cathedral, Seattle, Washington, CD, $18

[Source: Church Publishing, Inc.] This recording contains old and new hymns from The Hymnal 1982 from Palm Sunday through the Triduum into Easter and its season of fifty days. It features six of the choral ensembles of the Cathedral which engage children, youth, adults, amateur and professional musicians, as well as the renowned Compline Choir, and a variety of instruments and arrangements.

The organ is a 1965 installation by the Dutch firm of D. A. Flentrop. All is performed under the direction of Dr. J. Melvin Butler, Organist and Choirmaster; with Dent Davidson, Music Associate and Cathedral Liturgist; Roger Sherman, Associate Organist; and Dr. Peter R. Hallock, Canon Precentor Emeritus.

Track List:

* Ride On! Ride On in Majesty! * When I Survey the Wondrous Cross * The Royal Banners Forward Go * All Glory, Laud, and Honor * Sing, My Tongue, The Glorious Battle * Sunset to Sunrise Changes Now * O Sacred Head, Sore Wounded * Were You There? * Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain * Love's Redeeming Work is Done * Good Christians All, Rejoice and Sing! * The Day of Resurrection! * The is the Feast of Glory * Alleluia! Alleluia! Give Thanks * Lift Your Voice Rejoicing, Mary * Come Away to the Skies * Now the Green Blade Riseth * The Whole Bright World Rejoices Now * At the Lamb's High Feast We Sing * Christ is Alive! * Look There! the Christ, Our Brother, Comes * This Joyful Eastertide * Jesus Christ is Risen Today

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