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Schooling the World: the White Man’s Last Burden

Screening at Keene State College

March 19, 2013

Schooling the world

lost people films

This film addresses the issues that come with increasing globalization and focuses on the export of consumerist cultural and educational models that have become intertwined with large corporate entities.  The export of these economic and educational models now supported by the World Bank, lead to loss of indigenous culture and tradition, loss of ecosystems that have sustained these cultures for centuries, exploitation of peoples as well as negating traditional models of education and economy within these communities. 

The film includes interviews with renowned activist, Dr Vandana Shiva of Navdanya, Wade Davis ethno- botanist in residence with the National Geographic Society and Manish Jain of Shikshantar and Swaraj University in Rajasthan, India.  Viewers can explore differing concepts of inclusion within educational and economic paradigms.  The film drives home the need for those who are aiming to help by exporting these paradigms to think hard about who benefits from this kind of unilateral thinking and the losses we sustain while doing so.

James Beard aka Noodin is a cultural storyteller and Native American interpretive consultant, whose teachings stem from the Ojbwa tradition and Andrea Louise Cadwell, MA, MSc has worked with Dr Vandana Shiva and the Women’s Alliance of Ladakh in India, a group working to preserve indigenous Tibetan agrarian and cultural society in Ladakh, India. 


Noodin and Andrea will share their personal experiences regarding living and working within

their respective communities.


Article by Andrea L Cadwell, MA, MSc

 (this is a class presentation not open to the public)



Screenings and presentations of the film - Schooling the World: The White Man’s Last Burden


For those interested in screening the film and/or hosting presentations on the film and the issues raised therein please contact Andrea Louise Cadwell, MA, MSc. Andrea has worked with the Women’s Alliance of Ladakh, a group featured in the film as well as spending time living with a Ladakhi family located in Leh, Ladakh. Andrea is working with the filmmakers in helping to bring the film to as many people as possible in order to engender a deeper dialog within communities, schools, business and other local resources as a way to help enlighten our society about the downside of globalization- the export of non-traditional educational and economic systems- and the inherent destruction of ecosystems.


Although the film is focused on communities in India, it is clear that the issues raised in the film do not exist solely in India, but wherever there are native communities, precious ecosystems and natural resources that can easily be exploited. It is through the efforts of native peoples worldwide and those of us who support their efforts that change is possible and the reality of a world that remains diverse in every sense of the world is possible.


Please contact Andrea at for screening possibilities. In addition you may contact Jim Beard aka Noodin  .


We look forward to opening dialog and engaging your communities.

Article by Andrea L Cadwell, MA, MSc



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Stories of the People

Stories of the people

New season 2013

Stories of the People ~ Monadnock State Park, Gilson Pond Campground Area.

Day use and Campers are invited. Public Event.

Stories and oral teachings are shared utilizing the Native American Indian Circle.  Share in the circle to discover your own understanding of all that is around you.


Traditional spirituality respects all brothers and sisters.  This extends our family to all life and energy that exists.  It is recognition of the spirit energy of creator that goes out to all creation.  Even the earth and the rocks that cover it have energy and are recognized by Indian spirituality.


Jim Beard aka Noodin is a speaker on topics such as traditional living and natural spirit teachings.  His topics address many concerns to do with wellness and balance in life.


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Northeast American Cultural Resource
James B Beard aka Noodin
P.O. Box 602
Amherst, New Hampshire 03031

Phone:  (603) 261-7228     

      Northeast American      Cultural Resource

I am looking forward to being in the places listed below and seeing my friends. Please join me if you can.


In the Year - 2013



November 25 to December 1, 2013

Ceremonies - Bad River Reservation, Odana Wisconsin

December 3 to 5, 2013

School Programs and Circle - Angel House @ HeartSpace Church, 4356 Center Road, Brunswick, Ohio - Phone: 330-225-8813. Program - School visit at Berea High School.

December 6, 2013 - Friday  7pm - 9pm

Circle and Story Telling - Mesa Creative Arts, 30 Miller Business Park Drive, Burgettstown, Pennsyvania. Phone - 734-947-3097


December 7, 2013 - Saturday  1:00pm to 3:00pm

Stories of the People ~ Sri Yantra Yoga, 10 Cherry Avenue, #200, Houston Pennsylvania. Phone: 724-746-1327


December 15 to 20, 2013

Scheduled Trip to New Brunswick, Canada - Visit to Wabinaki Confederacy Council

February 10 to 20, 2014

Scheduled Trip to Manitoba, Canada - Ceremonies




All are Welcome.

Talking Circles have been used by many indigenous cultures, particularly in the Native American traditions. A talking circle, is a method used by a group to discuss a topic in an egalitarian and non-confrontational manner or to simply "check-in" about what is present for them in their lives. The group members sit in a circle and make comment on the topic of the discussion.

Confidentiality is a key element to all talking circles and an expectation. Attendees are reminded of the requirement and sensitive to the information being shared









Honoring the Water

Midewahnikwe of the Three Fires Society invite all Midewewin and community members to show their gratitude through prayer for the water.

“the water is sick...and people need to really fight for that water, to speak for that water, to love that water” (Josephine Mandamin, Mother Earth Water Walk)

Water Ceremony

Gather where ever you are and acknowledge the water through prayer plus do not use or drink water until noon that day.

We should do this every day!


Cultural Storyteller, Jim Beard of Jaffrey opens Saturday’s “Responding to the Call of the Land” forum at the Peterborough Historical Society with a Native American cration story, Noting the similarity between his tale and the book of Genesis, Beard said, “Most of the Creation tales tell the same story. We are all the same and we are all connected.

What's Happening at Grand Monadnock?

Artist renduring of Tee-Pee at Grand Monadnock

An update about native fabric, circles and lodge at the mountain.

March 2013 ~ back on the radar! June 20, 2013 (Still pending)

It has been a long summer without these gatherings. The last circle here was in May. The tee-pee was not constructed this year. Patiently we have waited for a decision pertaining to the Native Fabric work done here. 

Story telling has been allowed to continue informally at Monadnock but has not been done in the other parks across the state. No advertising of these events has been done and numbers in attendance are noticeably down. Thankfully there has been plenty of work to do away from the park in New Brunswick Canada, Maine and Pennsylvania. 

To initiate a response I submitted an eleven page project proposal to the Department of Natural Resources , Parks Division in August 2012 outlining the programs and structures that would be needed as well as the activities that would be provided to the community. I am hopeful that some response will come in the next few weeks.

I wish to recognize those in our circle that have provided circles and gatherings in their homes to fill the need. This is what it is about. Community holding together. 

Many things are happening at this time and there are reasons why these things come about. Trust in Spirit and your prayers. Acceptance allows us to keep moving in a positive direction.

Apane ~ Noodin


There are no new beginnings! 

When we know, then we understand that we know little. When we move we are only traveling in the next of a series of circles that some call the natural order. To be where you are is only because you have come to that place from another place. The present is the reality that we seek though we often look in every place but the present. To be one with self is the goal and the reward is to be at one with all that is.


My Internship with Noodin  
By Andrea Cadwell, MA. MSc

Andrea Cadwell

I am a graduate student in the Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability program at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. My work at Antioch has centered on farming and the traditions that native/indigenous people maintain with land and ecosystems.

Last year I worked for Dr Vanadana Shiva and Dr Vinod Bhatt of Navdanya in India. I lived and worked alongside farmers from a variety of spiritual and agrarian systems. It became obvious to me that in order to preserve traditional knowledge and economies that rely on relationships with land and ecosystems, I must open a dialog regarding globalization and the exportation of educational and economic models that are creating assimilation of people and the destruction of ecosystems both in India and at home. “We put out this idea, which I think is a blatant lie, that if people buy into the dictates of our economic paradigm that somehow they will magically achieve the wealth that we have enjoyed in the west…ain’t going to happen…just on energy resources alone it would take four planet earths to bring the global population into our level of consumption…We project this world view overseas, this world view, that if people buy into it they will achieve what we have.” (Wade Davis Schooling the World; The White Man’s Last Burden, Carol Black 2010)

Andrea Indea Prayer

This kind of destruction has already taken place against the indigenous people of the United States, less than a hundred years ago, through the IRA, the Indian Reorganization act of 1934. This was after hundreds of years of fighting and taking of Indian owned land.

Discussion regarding the problems of globalization is important in our country, given that we are primary exporters of the educational and economic models that are not inherent in traditional societies in India. “…these peoples, these visions aren’t failed attempts at being us, they hold unique answers to the fundamental questions, what does it mean to be alive? And for many of those peoples when they answer those questions, they answer them in ways that have allowed them to live sustainably on the planet by definition for generations.” (Wade Davis, Schooling the World: The White Man’s Last Burden, Carol Black 2010)

This spring I will return to India in order to publish a photo-essay on the impacts of globalization on traditional knowledge systems and economies in India.

I chose to work for Noodin these last several months because I wanted to help Native people in my own country as well as make use of the skills I gained while working for a world-renowned organization like Navdanya. I knew the challenges would be different and I wanted to test myself. In addition I was excited to help a local organization like Northeast American Cultural Resource, there is something very rewarding about making a difference in your own back yard.

I have spent the last several months working on the website, copy editing, developing programs, outreach to universities and colleges in this area as well as establishing new goals for the future.

Noodin and I have worked very hard to bring his storytelling and intimate knowledge of the ways of Native Americans in this country, in particular the Ojibwa people to those who want to learn more about the importance and beauty of Native tradition.

It is my hope as an environmental activist, that people will see the importance of living in harmony with our ecosystems. Currently we are living disconnected from our local ecosystems and economies that in turn leads to a disconnect from mother earth. I hope as Noodin begins to offer more programming and we continue to work together to enlighten our community about the real possibility of transitioning back to living more simply, in addition to and honoring those who inhabited this land before us, that we will find peace. The future is in all of our hands.

article by: Andrea L. Cadwell, MA, MSc


Northeast American  Cultural Resource

Press Release:

James B Beard
 Northeast American Cultural Resource

James Beard aka Noodin of Northeast American Cultural Resource and Author of White Mocs on the Red Road and Andrea Louise Cadwell, MSc Candidate in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability at Antioch University, welcome you to visit the newly designed and updated website for Northeast American Cultural Resource @
Please explore the new website, let us know what you think and send us your comments.
We invite you to forward this email to those you think may be interested.
All the best,
James Beard aka Noodin & Andrea Louise Cadwell, MA, MSc
603 261 7228 603 769 9682


Londonderry High School


Students in the LIFT Program which stands for Londonderry Incoming Freshman Transition


 An exceptional summer program

     A School, a community, business support and two totally dedicated teachers make a team effort to help all youth in the community to have a highly educational and beneficial experience through high school years in Londonderry New Hampshire.


The program is a five week summer course offering students preparatory information to enter the high school community. The focus strengthens study skills, community interraction, educational goals and self worth. The result is better retention of studeents to graduation. Higher performance levels for the student and the opportunities they encounter.


A Native Fabric program is included in the program for the past six years. This part of the program provides an interesting and colorful educational opportunity to the students. Culttural teachings focus on self worth, balance and centering, community values and making life choices. This part of the program is small. (two hours per week). The program  is only a part of the whole that is offered in this highly beneficial summer course. The Native Fabric provides ,as a part of the course, a Hike to the summit of the Grand Monadnock Mountain in the beautiful hills of South Western New Hampshire and a Native ceremony at the end of the hike with a gifting to each of the students who participate.


Unsung Heroes! Much gratitude and recognition should be given to Steve Iarocci and Amity Ferraro for the work that they have been doing. As teachers they have changed the course for many young people through the guidance of this program. There are many programs offered in the educational system to enhance the educational experience. LIFT is one of those and in my humble opinion stands out as one of the best.


Article by James B. Beard aka Noodin


Travels of Noodin (wind) and

Nibaa Mukwaa (sleeping bear)

Foothillis - Eastern Slope, Colorado

Happy Fall to All,

This is meant to be a short note to wish everyone a pleasant holiday season. Though much is going on in all aspects of our daily lives it is important, in my way of thinking, to stay focused on the beauty of change that is happening in our lives.

Last week we returned to Mt Monadnock after a six week travel throughout this beautiful land. The we being my son Nick and me. Sharing some of that trip might lend to healing of many so I will share what I can.

We left the mountain in the last week of September and drove to Greensburg, Pennsylvania to visit my good friend and brother, John Bukovac, at Alternative Living Solutions. John’s facility takes in youth and provides a living, school and work program. His work is dedicated to helping young people to build well balanced lives and to give them a chance in this incredibly complex world. John has helped thousands of youth over his career and makes a difference in this important time.

We stayed at the facility for two days visiting with the youth and staff. Thank you John and all of the people at Alternative Living Solutions for your kind hospitality and the opportunity to share.

We left Greensburg and traveled to Burgettstown, PA to visit The Mesa Creative Arts Center run by Brad and Kate Silberberg. Brad and Kate have been experiencing some very serious health issues with Kate. Aside from that they still wanted very much for us to come and share with people at Mesa Arts.

The first thing we did when we arrived was to build a fire to Honor Brad and Kate. It is understood when someone is sick or need of healing to have a four day fire to ask spirit to help. That being done we conducted talking circles and provided two work shop over the four day visit. The first workshop on Animal Guides and the second on Medicine Wheel (Shield) . Both were well attended and it felt so great to share with these people the little that I have been given to share. On the third evening we did a lodge and Nick was my firekeeper for that lodge. It always feels so good to work with my son.

On the next day we departed from Mesa to drive to Strongsville, Ohio and to visit Chris Reynolds at Angel House. Angel House sponsors all sorts of holistic programs and provides a center to support their various programs. We provided a talking circle, Medicine Wheel (Shield) workshop and did a lodge while there. Our visit was for three days. On the second day at Angel House, Chris asked me to come to work with him for the day. It was one of the highlights of our trip for me.

Chris works at a local High School and had arranged for a visit with classes for the day to tell stories to the students. I have done this many times over the years and have always enjoyed sharing with young people. This was different though. In the old ways, when someone would come to a community, the community would gather and sing a welcome song to the person coming to visit. Chris taught the classes to sing a Cherokee welcome song and I was greated at each class with a song. WOW! I in turn sang an Ojibwe gratitude song to each class in response.

On the last day of our visit we had a lodge and many students from the school attended. For most of them it was their first lodge. What a beautiful healing to prepare us to move on..

Nick and I pulled out the next day to travel to London, Ontario to attend ceremonies of the Midewiwin. We were two days late due to our scheduled visits on the way but right on time in a Native way. I have never found a way to explain the ceremonies and the impact they have on the people. Nick had not been for a couple of years and when we arrived Elders immediately went up to welcome him and make him feel comfortable. His response to this was so heartfelt that I still feel the fulfillment of happiness in my heart for my son. The ceremony was packed with experiences but many are not what I would want to write about. It was a beautiful, memorable time with many brothers, sisters and friends. Both Nick and I walked away feeling changed from the experience. I guess that’s not new either because I always feel that when I attend ceremony.

We left ceremonies and drove to Lake Lena, Minnesota to visit my brother Brian Matrious. I have seldom seen my brother in such good spirits and our stay there was so good that I did not want to leave. Brian would want me to say that he is well and working hard to help people. He wishes all a good way and hopes to be East to visit soon.

By now you are probably getting tired of how this “short note” goes on. We continued to visit my sister in Minneapolis and then travel to Pipestone, Minn to get some pipestone. We then went to the Black Hills and camped in Custer State Park for two days. After that we went to Colorado and visited my daughter Kathy and Meagan and their families. We stayed in Colorado for two and a half weeks. A little longer than intended because Hurricane Sandy was coming into the coast.

To sum up. So many things happened. So many people enjoying, growing, living, suffering. I feel that I have a full binder of things to write about for the winter. Must be coincidence. My prayer was to have something to do for the winter.

Oh yes! One other thing. I am thinking that I would like to offer a workshop on Medicine Wheel (Shield) in the next month or two. If anyone is interested please let me know.

Apane [ always ]

noodin indizhinikaz, maang indodeim

a.k.a. Jim Beard

Cultural Story Teller, Educator, Speaker, Author

Phone: 603 261 7228


Cultural Storyteller, Jim Beard of Jaffrey opens Saturday’s “Responding to the Call of the Land” forum at the Peterborough Historical Society with a Native American cration story, Noting the similarity between his tale and the book of Genesis, Beard said, “Most of the Creation tales tell the same story. We are all the same and we are all connected.