( April , Odzihozo with Waters and Mountains, Lake Champlain- Painting by Kevin Macneil Brown, acrylic on canvas, 2007)
Cedar flute clamshell holding smoldering wood sharp knife worn around the neck (these the things thought to be carried by an Abenaki hunter) Winooski intervale and just above-- railroad tracks you walked on, the river widening out below, beginning a meander, newly fecund on the way to the big lake-- marks early settlements of original people of DAWN LAND SALMON HOLE
ODZIHOZO ( the one who made himself) made the vein-like tracings of all the world's waterways web of rivers, ponds, lakes in the NW country his ultimate creation was the big lake he rested upon, in the form of a ROCK above WATER still there, looming, in fog or ice or clear sailing....
...made by the one who made himself- -who rests satisfied, at peace, with a view for all time of the edge of his world.
-Kevin Macneil Brown
from "Watershed--Letter to John Puleio, Number Two", published in NORTH COAST DREAMING/LUMINIST DIARY (Liminal Editions, 2008.)
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