Mission of White Pine Association (WPA)
The White Pine Association is a not for profit organization located in the heart of Koasek historic territory. The Association is dedicated to preservation of the history, culture and languages of the Abenaki people and assisting the Koasek and other historic bands of the Abenaki Nation in their mission of preservation, education, health and healing.
The White Pine is made up of trustees who are Native and Non-Natives of the Abenaki Nation who are members of the community of Wells River, Newbury, Haverhill, NH or have a commitment to the region and the mission of the White Pine Association.
The White Pine has successfully established a language program of the endangered Abenaki language and is freely giving the language back to the enrolled citizens of the Koasek, Missisquoi/Sokoki St. Francis band, Nulhegan Band and El Nu Tribe via a website; hosting audio files and pdf files of the dictionary of the Stephen Laurent and Jesuit Aubrey translation of the Abenaki Language.
We are continuing the language preservation mission with a goal of eventually hosting language immersion programs.
The White Pine Association is also re-establishing our ancient flint corn, which was gifted back to us in 2006 by Charlie and Sarah Calley.
This amazing corn was grown by the Abenaki in the Koas Meadows on both sides of the CT river in the areas now known as Newbury Vermont and Haverhill New Hampshire.
The White Pine Association is presently supporting The Sagakwa Seeds of Renewal Garden
The second PDF booklet listed above was developed to share the diverse cultural history of the Koas Meadows region and the local Koasek Abenaki people. It is designed in such a way that both educators and parents alike can use it to stimulate discussion and promote a better understanding of the Native Americans who have lived here for thousands of years. Discussion questions are included at the end of each section. Abenaki words are set in italics and can be found in the Glossary along with a list of Suggested Resources. It is hoped that by providing this information, many of the common misconceptions pertaining to the Abenaki people will be clarified. Reading about our unique history will help the students of the Koas Meadows region gain knowledge of their own history and instill a sense of pride in their unique and culturally diverse heritage. We hope this booklet provides insight into the origins of our families and the history of the Koas Meadows. Most importantly, our message to you is—from the history of Koas to you today, our community is strong and unique. It is not just the beautiful meadows or the amazing mountains that make this a special place; it is the community of people who live here.