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Thoreau the Futurist - Connie Baxter Marlow's Commentary

Thoreau the Futurist - Connie Baxter Marlow's Commentary

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A new perspective which synthesizes Thoreau’s life-long interest in the American Indian, his epiphany on Mt. Katahdin and his belief in the human potential, proposing the relevance of Thoreau, the visionary, to the future, as humanity chooses to walk in alignment with a conscious,loving abundant universe .
A new perspective which synthesizes Thoreau’s life-long interest in the American Indian, his epiphany on Mt. Katahdin and his belief in the human potential, proposing the relevance of Thoreau, the visionary, to the future, as humanity chooses to walk in alignment with a conscious,loving abundant universe .

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Suggesting a humanity living in balance – the evolutionary upward spiral.Transcript of comments by Connie Baxter MarlowSet: Henry David Thoreau and his Indian guide, Joe Polis sitting around the campfire after a long day’spaddle. The year, 1857A Performance Piece
By Connie Baxter MarlowAnnual GatheringThoreau SocietyConcord, MAJuly 10, 2011
“Thoreau, The Futurist “ Video with Bradley P. Dean, Ph.D., visionary Thoreau scholar; Richard Smith,Thoreau impersonator/interpreter; Arnie Neptune, Penobscot Elder and Connie Baxter Marlow – clips takenfrom THE AMERICAN EVOLUTION: Voices of America DVD Series
The Performance:Readings and CommentaryMaria Girouard, former director of Penobscot Nation Historic Culture Preservation represents Joe Polis, Thoreau's Indian guide, reading from “Thoreau’s Indians” the 1000 Indian-related references inThoreau’s writings compiled by Bradley P. Dean, Ph.D. Joe Polis was one of three in Thoreau’spantheon of heroes, along with John Brown and Walt Whitman.Richard Smith, Thoreau scholar and impersonator/interpreter, represents Thoreau and reads from“Thoreau’s Indians”.Connie Baxter Marlow presents information and a new perspective which synthesizes Thoreau’s life-longinterest in the American Indian, his epiphany on Mt. Katahdin and his belief in the human potential. Sheproposes the relevance of Thoreau, the visionary, to the future, as humanity chooses to walk in alignmentwith an abundant, loving, conscious universe .VIDEOS AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING: www.YouTube.com/TheAmericanEvolution
Connie Baxter Marlow has spent the last two decades in close association with visionary Native Americanelders throughout the United States and Mexico: the Hopi, Maya, Tarahumara, Huichol, Wabanaki, Lakota andUte and most recently the Bushmen of the Kalahari in South Africa.
2She feels that in the cosmology of the indigenous people are clues to many of the missing pieces of theprevailing paradigm; information about the true nature of the universe.It is her understanding that humanity is about to make an evolutionary leap in consciousness to anunderstanding of the loving, interconnected, abundant universe and will align itself to this reality andsubsequently choose to bring peace on earth in our lifetime.Connie believes that when we come together with the indigenous peoples as equals, as family, and we eachopen our hearts and our minds to the other, the melding of our gifts will bring a new perspective that is invisibleat this time. To her this new perspective will allow humanity to see the path to true unity, peace and freedom.Connie finds Henry David Thoreau an important bridge to this shift in consciousness and has produced a filmseries
which weaves a tapestry of paradigm-shifting ideaswith a visionary Thoreau scholar, Penobscot Indian elders,a Muslim Imam and other important thinkersaddressing these ideas.Connie is a Baxter of Maine. Her family bought and gave Mt. Katahdin and 200, 000 acres to the people of Maine to be held forever wild as a public park. Her book on Mt. Katahdin is available for sale today. It is outof print so this is a unique opportunity to secure a copy.Richard Smith, Thoreau scholar and interpreter/impersonator, will represent Thoreau himself tonight readingfrom “Thoreau’s Indians” the 1000 Indian-related references in Thoreau’s writings compiled by Bradley P.Dean, Ph.D.Maria Girouard, former director of Penobscot Nation Cultural Historic Preservation represents Joe Polis,Thoreau's Indian guide, also reading from “Thoreau’s Indians.” According to Ralph Waldo Emerson and othersJoe Polis was one of three in Thoreau’s pantheon of heroes, along with John Brown and Walt Whitman.CONNIE SPEAKSWe are here today to touch on a couple of little-known aspects of the life and works of Henry David Thoreau,American author and visionary: his life-long fascination with the American Indian and his life-changingepiphany on Mt. Katahdin in Maine. I believe these aspects, once understood, will be significant for humanity'sevolution of consciousness . I will be screening clips from
The American Evolution: Voices of America Series
which will cover many more details on these subjects with the late Brad Dean, Visionary Thoreau Scholar,Richard Smith, Thoreau interpreter and Arnie Neptune Penobscot elder discussing these matters.The simplest way to cut to the chase of what I am driving at tonight is to say that we will be addressing themystical nature of the universe.
"The universe is wider than our views of it"
wrote Thoreau in the last chapterof Walden. This wider reality is the one we will be looking at. Why? Because I believe that humanity is aboutto take an evolutionary leap into seeing and experiencing this reality, just as the Transcendentalists - Thoreauand Emerson - did - and the mystics, visionaries and indigenous peoples of the world do.As you all know Thoreau described himself as
" a mystic, a Transcendentalist, and a natural philosopher toboot..." – 
as indicated by the signature T-shirts for this gathering.SCREEN FILMCONNIE SPEAKS
3Let's define a few terms:“Mystical: Of or stemming from direct communion with ultimate reality or God. of or having a spiritual realityor import not apparent to the intelligence or senses.” American Heritage College Dictionary,“Transcendentalist: A literary and philosophical movement asserting the existence of an ideal spiritual realitytranscending the empirical and knowable through intuition.” American Heritage College DictionaryAs Brad indicated in the film Thoreau’s life-long fascination with the Indian led him to become one of the topethnologists of his time. The study of the
"manners and customs of the Indians of the Algonquin group previousto contact with the civilized man"
was his primary scientific focus. (Letter to the American Association for theAdvancement of Science, 1853).Today we are going to take Thoreau the next step - by looking at him, his life and his work from a differentperspective - from a future Thoreau envisioned, looking back. In his writing Thoreau alludes to the future, tothe possible human, and the importance of the message carried by the arrowhead from the indigenous mind.We are going to show you a Thoreau and the Indian he experienced - give you some ideas to ponder andsuggest a synthesis from which we can all open to a larger reality and take the human potential up a notch to theplace Thoreau dedicated his life to modeling.Many of the quotes you’ll be hearing are in the full-length Part 2 of THE AMERICAN EVOLUTION series.THOREAU READSCONNIE SPEAKSThoreau made three excursions to the Maine woods where he hired Indian guides to study their ways.
“I narrowly watched his motions and listened attentively to his observations for we had employed an Indianmainly that I might have an opportunity to study his ways.”
Thoreau on Joe Aitteon “Chesunchook” The MaineWoodsOn his first excursion to Mt. Katahdin in September of 1846, the Indian guide he hired, Louis Neptune, failed toappear. Thoreau and his companions ended up climbing Katahdin without a guide - and on this climbexperienced his life-changing epiphany.On Thoreau's second excursion to Maine he hired Joe Aitteon, son of the Governor, as his guide on a moosehunting expedition in 1853 and in 1857 on his last trip to Maine he hired Joe Polis as his guide. Thoreau died 5years later in 1862 after taking a trip to Minnesota where he also explored the Indian culture.The relationship that developed between Thoreau and Polis during his last Maine excursion was to solidify inThoreau's mind the importance of the Indian experience. Thoreau had been fascinated by the Indian fromchildhood.Thoreau saw that the Indian could see what he could see. Thoreau, as a mystic and Transcendentalist resonatedto an expanded reality. He possessed the ability to see and sense the “spirit” that is at the essence of all life, andfrom this vantage point he could envision a society made up of the true human acting from a connectedness thatis foreign to most people at this time. Why was Joe Polis one of three of Thoreau’s heroes? Because, as BradDean points out Joe exemplified Thoreau's dream of the synthesis of the mystical indigenous connection to

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