Way of the Heron:
the Algonquin method for peace and justice

with Evan Pritchard
Weds Jan 8th, 7 – 9 pm
Balance Arts, 151 West 30th St., 3rd Floor, NYC


Way of the Heron

By popular demand, Native American historian Evan Pritchard will be back in January to share “The Way of the Heron,” the traditional Algonquin method for peacemaking, justice, and self-governance. For anyone concerned with the current political situation, learning about the wisdom ways of governing followed by Native New Yorkers will be a resource and an inspiration!

5:00 – 6:30 pm: Gather informally for food & community in Koreatown @ Woorijip, 12 West 32nd St, NYC. All are welcome.
7:00 – 9:00 pm: Way of the Heron talk @ Balance Arts

Date: Weds Jan 8th
Location: Balance Arts, 151 West 30th St., 3rd Floor, NYC


About Evan Pritchard

Evan Pritchard, a descendant of the Mi’kmaq people (part of the Algonquin nations) is the founder of Center for Algonquin Culture, and is a former Professor of Native American history at Marist College, Pace University, and Vassar College.

He is the author of Native New Yorkers, The Legacy of the Algonquin People of New York, as well as of the widely praised No Word For Time, the Way of the Algonquin People, and many other books, including an Algonkian language series. He was one of the original guests on the Oak Island TV series (History Channel) and has appeared on CNN, Science Channel, and Manhattan Cable, plus WOW in Tokyo.

For more visit Center for Algonquin Culture: http://wilkesweb.us/algonquin/

Background and inspiration

Way of the Heron is an oral tradition Evan learned from several elders, including his adopted grandfather, William Commanda in this video.

“William Commanda, whose Algonquin name is Ojigkwanong, was born on the Maniwaki reserve in Quebec in 1913. The story of his early life is a familiar one: the loss of Indigenous culture, numbing poverty and escape into alcohol. In 1961 Commanda, then chief of his reserve, was terminally ill. He had a vision that would transform his life and those of his people. Imagining a Circle of all Nations, his first gesture was to reconcile the Algonquins and Iroquois. Since then, he has devoted himself to the reconciliation of peoples and cultures. The message of this old sage is universal: healing is the main priority and can only be achieved through forgiveness and tolerance. In this, he shares much with other remarkable individuals who managed to wash politics clean of resentment: Gandhi, Martin Luther King, the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela.”


For more information please contact Evan Pritchard or Alissa Fleet