Painting by David Wagner, © ACQTC, Inc.
Welcome to ACQTC Online!
Welcome to the online home of the Algonquian Confederacy of the Quinnipiac Tribal Council. ACQTC incorporated under the laws of the State of Connecticut in 1989, after a decade of organizing the Quinnipiac people. The purposes of the ACQTC are:
- To preserve, protect, enhance, and propagate our Native American, Algonquian-speaking cultural heritage;
- To revive, restore, and revitalize the language and culture in particular of the Quinnipiac people (originally of Connecticut) and our kindred;
- To protect and restore Mother Earth, Father Sky and all our relations to their natural balance and to foster respect and harmony in this quest;
- To teach and share the values, history, culture, language, arts & crafts, of the Quinnipiac and kindred Algonquian peoples, whose traditions were considered lost until the ACQTC was formed;
- To research and keep current with indigenous affairs and to promote both unity and harmony in the Native American communities, on and off the reservations;
- To share our personal pride, ancestral knowledge, and wisdom;
- To lecture, perform, and teach or otherwise present our culture, values, and ceremonies as an Algonquian ethos and map for living in balance in our world.
The pictographic insignia (left) for the Algonquian Confederacy is a diamond (which symbolizes a council fire, in this case, the central fire) with a sacred pipe and a tomahawk forming an X behind it. The council fire with an X behind it and a dot in the center (the dot represents a star) stands for the council fires of the Dawn Star People or Dawnlanders. This also signifies that our council fires in the Dawnland are united in peace and in war to preserve and protect our traditions.
The pictographic insignia (right) for the Quinnipiac Tribal Council is a sacred hoop with a cross at the four sacred directions. At the top of the hoop in the stepped fret motif, symbolic of the THunder Clan on top of which perches the Great Thunderbird, Our Grandfather with a "compassionate heart". The Dawn Star symbolizes the eastern shore and is centered under him and above out hoop.
Within the sacred hoop, in the upper left corner is a bundle of arrows, tied together and with sacred lightning issuing forth. A single arrow represents an independent band. A single arrow, all alone, can be easily broken. A group of arrows, bound together with similar interests, shows that our original Quinnipiac Confederation consisted of many bands bound together by lines of consanguinity. Bound together with a common thread the arrows are not so easily broken. In the upper right corner are two horn rattles which represent the traditions of our powwows, and all our domain lands inside the hoop are sacred. In the lower right corner is a man rowing a canoe. In several Algonquian dialects the word for "Indian" translates as "I paddle my canoe in the ordinary manner," i.e. Indian fashion. The Quinnipiac were dependent on the ocean and rivers for survival. In the lower left corner is a traditional weejo — our home — symbolic of the womb, mother earth, and our mother's nurturing care, as well as the family traditions passed on from generation to generation in the weejos by the women.
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For important announcements and briefings on various legal issues affecting the Quinnipiac Tribal Council, the Quinnipiac People, Native Americans, and Aboriginal People everywhere, please visit the QTC Public Opinion Forum.
Here are a couple of the recent items posted there.
Jun 2010: DEMAND THAT THE USA ENDORSE THE UN’S DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA remains the ONLY U.N. Member State to oppose completely the U.N. Declaration On The Rights Of Indigenous Peoples.
We ask our friends, neighbors, and allies to write, call or email your Congressmen, Connecticut legislators and join us in demanding they make vital changes in Indian Policy, and to adopt the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, not a sham substitute but the entire document, just as the State of Maine did.
Read the full article: Self-Determination vs. Self-Governance
Jan 2010: ACQTC, Inc. LEGAL CAVEAT & PUBLIC NOTICE
The Following Persons/ Entities Take Public Notice:
- Ed Sarabia, CT Indian Affairs Coordinator/DEP
- Nick Bellontini, CT State Archaeologist
- Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, East CT
- Pawcatuck Pequot Tribe, East CT
- Mohegan Tribe, East CT
- City of New Haven, CT Parks Department
- CT Department of Education
- The Estate of Henry (Harry) & Doris B. Townshend
This is an official ACQTC Inc./ACQTC.ORG CAVEAT, and Public Notice of our INTENT to Sue in Federal Court for acts of discrimination by false information and fraud, racial/religious/ethnic intolerance and animus in public venues including but not limited to educational institutions, parks, Indian trails, landmarks etc. that has operated to convey a false, misleading, inaccurate and at times discriminatory characterization of Quinnipiac/Quiripey (and all of our traditional sub-tribes) and has been accomplished in a collusion, conspiracy and concerted effort of Christianized/Assimilated Indians (who have never been indigenous to CT) with Puritan Descendants and contemporary state and city officials to deprive ACQTC Inc. and its membership from enjoying their Constitutional Rights and Rights secured by International Law of the United Nations of Indigenous Peoples.
For full text download LegalCaveat-20100101.pdf (Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF-reader required to view)
in which we highlight various sections of the website… new and old
June 2011: Celebration of Friendship
This year, on 25 June 2011, the Old Stone Church Congregation and the Quinnipiac Tribal Council are joining hands in fellowship for a 300th year Celebration of Friendship. A full day of powwow and historically significant public ceremonies and lecture will be hosted by the Old Stone Church, UCC, East Haven, CT, which provided sanctuary for Quinnipiac refugees in 1711.
A special event will take place on Saturday morning (25 June) as the elders and leaders of the Quinnipiac and direct descendants of Captain Miles Standish and other church members perform the ancient "Wiping Away the Tears" sacred ceremony to signify the removal of all past grief and guilt between the two groups. This will be followed by a formal signing of "The Sacred Bond of the Covenant" ancient ceremony to recommit ourselves to a future of fellowship and healing of Mother Earth. Grand Entry begins at noon with the Dawnland and ACQTC flags in addition to the American, Connecticut, and Native American flags; veterans and boy scouts participating. Visit displays by two museums and native crafters. Free admission; free parking.
For more information and directions: 2011 Celebration of Friendship
ACQTC Student Intern Program
Each year ACQTC selects and accepts a number of College Student interns from regional colleges and universities in the Long Water Land Sachemdom. In this program, college students work directly with our elders and members, get advice and consultation when writing research papers, a thesis or dissertation relevant to our culture and history, and get involved in hands-on projects that earn extra credits.
So, if you are a college student attending school in our region and you are interested in this program, use our Contact ACQTC page to tell us about yourself, your college, your degree plan and your interests; or send a letter with that information to:
Student Intern Program
201 Church Street
Milltown, IN 47145
Join ACQTC in preserving The Great Algonquian Trail Network
…So, it is with deep concern, regret and heartache that I must now talk about a project underway since 1995 that would erase, destroy and abandon all this history, lore and tradition for contemporary interests. It is tentatively known as the NEW ENGLAND SCENIC TRAIL. It proposes to establish 800 miles of footpaths through the heart of Connecticut into upper New England. At least former National Scenic Trails gave lip-service to our roots with the Mattabesec-Mettacomet and Metacomet-Monadunk Scenic Trails.
Please read this new article by Iron Thunderhorse discussing The Great Algonquian Trail Network and the danger to it posed by current development plans; and then do your part to preserve the Quinnipiac Legacy!
There is a connectedness within the spirit of the Native American Indian / First Nations that few people understand. This connectedness is one which extends from the farthest reaches of the galaxies to the deepest reaches of the infinitesimal.
Read the full article by Little Owl: Connectedness
Sep 2009: Thanksgiving --- The Real Deal
ACQTC, Inc. gets lots of emails and correspondence about the annual holiday in America known as “THANKSGIVING”… seeking answers to hard questions.
The truth is a 2-sided coin, or a double-edged sword. There are two sides to this tale. The Puritan side and the Algonquian side. Only you can decide for yourself which version you choose to accept.
Iron Thunderhorse has compiled a small but information collection of information related to the Algonquian view of America's Thanksgiving Day, which is now available on our website: Thanksgiving - The Real Deal.
The Quinnipiac Tribal Council Maweomi on ACTQC.ORG
The Quinnipiac Tribal Council Maweomi, or "central council fire", provides news, views, projects, and special ways our place of origins are being revitalized as we network with those businesses, universities, organizations, and townships who respect us as the Long Water Land People and honor our traditional responsibilities resulting from our sovereignty and autonomy as an indigenous nation. This section of ACQTC.org has two main sections:
- Our Quinnipiac Heritage Legacy showcases how our cultural legacy, traditions, and lore is viewed from outside of our councils. This is a place where we can officially point out the errors, misconceptions, and inaccuracies; while also honoring the accurate information.
- Our Quinnipiac Heritage Profiles showcases individuals, businesses, institutions, universities, townships, etc., who have honored our legacy, whether knowingly or unknowingly, by adopting our traditions as a template for responsible living in harmony with the ecosystems of the Long Water Land.
May 2007: Announcing the publication of the official, authorized biography of Iron Thunderhorse
QTC Press and ACQTC are proud to announce the publication of the official biography of Iron Thunderhorse, Grand Sachem of the Thunder Clan of ACQTC. This soft bound book, entitled Following the Footprints of a Stone Giant: The Life and Times of Iron Thunderhorse, is published by Infinity Press. The book is 189 pages profusely illustrated with reprints and excerpts from the art and writings of Iron Thunderhorse. Available as an 8½" x 11" trade paperback, this in-depth biography can be purchased for $20 (shipping and handling included) through the Trading Post, or you may buy the book directly from the publisher at Buy Books on the Web. Volume discounts are available through the publisher only. All proceeds from the sale of this book go directly to ACQTC, Inc.
For more information, see the article: Following the Footprints of a Stone Giant
MAR 2007: Setting the Record Straight
Other than QTC Press Publications (produced by ACQTC, Inc.), there exist only two (2) publications and a dozen or so articles giving details about the Quinnipiac Tribal Nation. The two initial publications have several things in common. They were both published over a century ago, and both were based on information that has been refuted or rejected by contemporary scholars as well as traditionalist culture-bearers of the region.
In this latest article written by Iron Thunderhorse, the intent is to set the record straight about the history and nature of the peoples known by Europeans as Quinnipiac, and even about the goals and methods of ACQTC, Inc.
Read the full article: Setting the Record Straight
See also: Quinnipiac Factual Milestones
JAN 2007: ON THE AIR!
Free Range Thought is a program broadcast on radio station WKNY (1490 AM) in Kingston NY (between New York City and Albany on the Hudson River) on Sundays from 1:30 to 3:00 PM (Eastern Time). The program is hosted by Adam Roufberg and Robert Johnstreet, and it is dedicated to presenting topics not typically covered in the Main Stream Media. Adam is also the webmaster of www.saveironthunderhorse.com.
On Sunday, January 28, they aired a show entitled “The Circumstance of Chief Iron Thunderhorse” to discuss the life and legacy of Iron Thunderhorse. Participants in that show included Ruth Thunderhorse, Dr. Jack Dempsey, Thundering Hawk Spirit (Kirouana), and Tom Trefts. Many other ACQTC members and friends were supporting in spirit.
The show could only be heard live within the WKNY broadcast area, but Free Range Thought has graciously provided a downloadable four part audio recording of the show:
Please note that these files are rather large and may take several minutes to download on a dial-up connection. These files are all in MP3 format and can be played on most up-to-date computers as well as your iPod™ or MP3 player.
JUN 2006: Quinnipiac Dawnland Museum Grand Opening
We are proud to announce the opening of the Quinnipiac Dawnland Museum, located in the Dudley Farm Complex, 2351 Durham Road, North Guilford, CT 06437. The Grand Opening was held on Saturday, June 10, 2006, at the museum.
For more information and photos, read the full news article: June 2006 Grand Opening of Quinnipiac Dawnland Museum
We are proud to announce and sponsor the Grand Opening of the Quinnipiac Dawnland Museum, to be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 10, 2006, at the museum located in the Dudley Farm Complex, 2351 Durham Road, North Guilford, CT 06437.
The graphic in both top corners of every page on this website (also shown at right) is a traditional Thunder Clan design. It represents a THUNDERER --- half thunderbird, half human. This graphic is a rendition of that traditional design drawn by Iron Thunderhorse. It is based on a design found on an actual artifact from the Dawnland.
FREE “Quinnipiac Indians” design
The design shown here is the official emblem created by Iron and Little Owl Thunderhorse. The portrait (at center) is of Mantowese, who was Sachem of the Northern Quinnipiac bands, and was painted by Iron Thunderhorse. The 3D lettering was added by Little Owl. This design is © 2010 by ACQTC Inc.
However, ACQTC Inc. has decided to GRANT viewers of this website who support our work to educate the public about our history, culture and language and religion FREE downloads of this design so supporters can have T-shirts, sweatshirts, posters etc. made from them. This is under strict condition that they may be used for personal enjoyment only and none are to be sold commercially without the expressed written consent of ACQTC Inc.
Click on the small image at right to view the full size image.