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(16) john
07 July 2011 12:00:02 +0000
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Thank You for the website. It was inforamtive, encouraging and enlightening to me. i guess i have some likes and a few dislikes in common with you, especially when it comes to music.

i have been trying to learn about my family's native heritage in addition to our European ancestry. i had an ancestor, John Walcott or Wolcott (born 1695), who was captured by Algonquin/Abenaki Indians at the age of twelve around 1707, and later fathered at least one child in the tribe(s)from whom i am descended. Thomas Willcutts appeared many years later in North Carolina in the early to mid 1800's, to whom our early knowledge of family lines ended. It was when i was doing research on myfamily history that i was contacted by the Walcott Family about taking a DNA test, which confirmed i was related to them and John Walcott, as well as a "missing link" ancestor that they were trying to pin down. The Willcutts name seems to be directly linked to this "missing link". My Grandfather, Dr. Morton Douglas Willcutts Sr., was a Admiral in the Navy and served as the top medical officer in the 6th Fleet under Admiral Spruance during World War II. president truman appointed someone else to be Surgeon General over the strong objections of Admiral Spruance, Admira Halsey, Admiral Nimitz and the Marine Commandant, who all did an about face and walked out of his ceremony for his appointee, rather than shake his hand. He was a healer and a brave man who was shot during World War I while ministering to a wounded Marine and while wearing Red Cross insignia on his arm. He seemed to have alot of traits similar to Native Peoples.
i played guitar in several Rock bands. For one band, Dr. Deth and the Rage, i made two robes from scratch, one black like the grim reaper and the other gold, like rock-n-roll royalty or something; both being like ceremonial robes in a way. i also made another working man's robe similar to a karate outfit but longer, more like a "black sorcerer" robe. These became of great interest to me after i desovered my Algonquin roots and read Kirby Whiteduck's book, Traditional Algonquin Culture, which speaks of the Nipissing tribe, whom i feel very akin to and am trying to learn more about. Grandfather was a natural healer, i made robes of my own out of the blue for a rock-n-roll band, and i am kind of fiercely independent and desire that freedom for others. i have been registered as an Independent since the age of 18. These traits go beyond Algonquin, they are Nipissing traits, in my opinion anyway.
Work i have done with animals in the community is the kind of thing only a person with Native ancestry would do around here, namely giving mere roadkill a proper burial, not to mention the Respect that the Great Spirit would have us give the animals. i often make a marker of some kind to mark the grave, and i used to leave white crosses made of fruit tree prunings in years past, like they do when humans are in car accidents and die. Now i usually leave smaller markers, more subtle, along with an exposed paw or tail or something, with the rest of the animal fully buried. i'm not much at ceremonies beyond the burial act itself. iguess i need to learn more about them since i am very much alone in all this effort. Of course i am ridiculed more than respected by mere humans for this service i try to provide.
Last night i buried a deer, the sedond for me. Fortunately for me, it was a fawn this time. i uncovered a number of shiney black rocks while diggin the grave, which now mark it location along with the hooves holding pieces of these blacjk rocks. It made me very sad and depressed this time. i am supposedly crazy for doing this. They forced me to go thru psycho therapy before and turned me into a zombie with their psycho drugs until i fianlly said NO and refused anymore treatment. Now i am trying to properly honor the animals again. May they just leave me alone to do my volunteer work, and maybe even apppreciate that they don't have to smell the deceased animals along the road after i'm done. Sometimes i hate them for what they do to animals, how careless they are and for what they say about me and others, sometimes i need my own healing for this.
i work alot wiht natural resource conservation and water, that is my profession.
i am of Native descent, and i am very proud of that heritage, just as i am proud of my Scottish/Irish and French heritage. Somethimes the native part of me gets lonely, depressed and disgusted with the white man's ways. In my senoir year of High School i wrote a poem about my feelings of shame about how the white man has severely abused every other race on earth and entered the poem in the poetry contest; i hear it made the white judges upset with what i said in the rhymes.

i would very much like to visit Ontario and Quebec, and especially Lake Nipssing and Golden Lake one day when i can afford it, and see people and places in person. Until then, it would be very nice for me to learn more about the different tribes, their history and culture, and maybe even communicate with some people who are like-minded or just want to chat. i greatly appreciate your website and blog which allows me to communicate and express my feelings from here in Georgia.

Thank You,

john

john

(15) David Westurn
30 June 2011 00:56:14 +0000
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Miigwetch for the wonderful website. I am Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) from Northern Minnesota. I enjoyed your site and will be back to keep undated.

Waanakiwin


(14) littlewolf,bear clan
17 May 2011 04:27:07 +0000
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I'm a band transfer to Ochiichagwe'Babigo'Ining ojibway nation,just north of Kenora,Ontario.born in Churchill,Manitoba and my travels have led me to this place in 1991.The dreams have come to me from that higher power to be that helper for the people.I need help from the elders to come and sit with me.

(13) Chris McGregor Innes
23 April 2011 16:33:44 +0000
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Yes I am a child of the 60s scoop, never grew up on the rez, never knew why drums fascinated me so much....until 1992 when reunited with my Mother and a little brother I never knew I had, my life changed forever. Which is a great change and I've made what I consider to be many new relations to me - but you folks probably know more about my relations than I do, so please help me fill in the blanks. On another note this has to be one of the more outstanding site out there and I encourage more folk to post here, Bob has done an exemplary favour to our community that lives far away - tying us with our people here in Canada. chiimiigwech Bob!!!

(12) Raven Redbird
17 April 2011 22:29:41 +0000
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Sago, Ahneen,

Just finished sending out letters to candidates in my riding.
Hoping to hear some positive, supportive feedback.
Awesome campaign Bob!

Chi-miigwetch/Nya:weh,
Raven (Simone)

(11) Bill VanMeer
26 March 2011 00:22:36 +0000
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Took a tour of your site and found it to be very informative, friendly and easy to navigate. I will visit again soon. I saw several friends and learned more about Anishinaabe in the region. I am particularily interested in the History of West Nipissing First Nation.

Best wishes,
BV

(10) Melanie Bellecourt-Sisson
25 March 2011 18:27:33 +0000
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Thanks for posting this blog. I will definitely visit consistently. Miigwetch.

Would you friend me on Facebook: Melanie Bellecourt-Sisson

(9) jim
03 March 2011 17:39:35 +0000
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great response time and i love the white on white settings for your guestbook.

NOTE FROM BOB: Boozhoo Jim: Miigwetch (thanks) for the comment. You should be receiving an update from OI today. I'll definitely be keeping everyone up-to-date. No results to report yet, as it's only by second week! Take care, Sir.

(8) jim
02 March 2011 19:10:48 +0000
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hello bob. i am wondering if you might be able to provide some INFORMATION and/or UPDATES about the current status of your lobbyinf OI Leasing and it's employees?

(7) Anna Iati
17 January 2011 15:34:01 +0000
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Hello!

What a great website!

Cheers!

Anna

(6) Bertha Johns
18 December 2010 19:10:28 +0000
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Nice site Bob. I just browsed through this time but intend to obsorb more later. Good job.

(5) kevin schofield
18 December 2010 18:22:15 +0000
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Great site Bob. Been reading for years and look forward to your new material.



(4) Anzoked
18 December 2010 00:48:37 +0000
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Great stuff Bob!!!

(3) Rodney Commanda
15 December 2010 16:36:32 +0000
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Congrats on an impresive accomplishment of your new site. I look forward to seeing more of all the features you have put together here. A lot of information to take in, but it's all good. All the best to you Bob, baamaapii mina kawaabmin :)

From my family to yours, have a Merry Christmas and a happy safe holiday season.

(2) Vicky Laforge
15 December 2010 14:41:49 +0000
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Bob
the new site is really great looking. WOW
I will be sure to check out all of your new features, like the podcast etc. You are going to be so busy with this!!!

congrats and merry christmas
Vicky

(1) Monique
15 December 2010 13:56:42 +0000
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Im glad to sign this Guestbook!! Great Job and Beautiful site!

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