Oso:ah Foundation, "Planting a tree in the name of peace," is a small group of citizens dedicated to improving society and culture in America through inclusion of forgotten historic pieces, data recovery, cultural recovery, and archiving what exists in a quickly-changing landscape.
Oso:ah is not for profit, does not accept donations at this time, and works on an entirely volunteer basis. Since 2005, we have supported production of educational and artistic documentaries, archived the disappearing tobacco barns of the mid-Connecticut Valley, studied sacred stone landscapes in the uplands of the same area, and supported work in ethnobotany, geohistory, art, traditional culture, personal history of farm elders and historic preservation.
Oso:ah works on very few projects, normally one, at a time. Our current project combines data recovery, cultural recovery and historic preservation.
See Our Mission for our public effort for historic preservation resulting from this work.
The Story Behind Oso:ah
Oso:ah got its name one day at Ganondaga, the restoration of an historic Seneca village. We were visiting family in the winter when we stopped by Ganondaga. It seemed like no one was there as we quietly remembered these spaces. There is a native plant walk, where species are labeled with their Seneca names. Knowing only Ganyenkehaga (Mohawk), it was an experience to see the Seneca names. We were standing by the label, Oso:ah, when a relative came by. We chatted for a little and I mentioned that I'd like to see more cultural recovery and more healing, more exchange and understanding, between people divided into groups.
He said, "Why not plant a tree in the name of peace? It will grow in time." Our name and mission were born.
We didn't exchange names, but the earth is round, so we will meet again along the way.
Visit Our Historic and Cultural Videos
Resolution Information Video can be seen from this link:
To find our documentaries, historiographic videos, pastorals and meditation videos, visit YouTube, "Sasachiminesh" channel, or:
"Milo's Pastoral" - A Nostalgic Tour of the Mid-Connecticut Valley and Kunckquatchu:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3ElcSlKQt8, or go to YouTube and enter "Milo's Pastoral."
"Mishalisk, Mother of the Valley" - Geohistorical Ode to Place:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL8CU-i7rNs&feature=youtu.be or go to YouTube and enter "Mishalisk"
"Native American History of Massachusetts: Episode 1 - Paleolithic to Late Archaic"
https://youtu.be/OF8CTdx_npYor go to YouTube and enter "Native American History of Massachusetts
Rolf Cachat (Mohawk, Nipmuc), M.S., is Chair of Western Chapter, Massachusetts Archaeological Society, a member of the Native American Intertribal Council of Western Massachusetts, of the Northeast Anthropological Association, of the American Society for Ethnohistory, of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society, of the Northeastern Antiquities Research Association, and an editor in translation for scientific research journals. Jim Cachat (Stockbridge Mahican) is a merchant and photographer. Miles Tardie is a network management professional and our webmaster.
Coming events and publications: An investigation of Algonquian land use traditions is under review for Northeastern Anthropology, hopefully to be published this autumn. Éli Luweyok Kìkayunkahke - So Said the Departed Elders is an archaeological, ethonhistoric, and linguistic search into historic documents and Native sources on how we used land and why, what uses were allowed, where, and when, and most of all, how we managed our sacred lands. Through ritual, oral tradition, land documents, and language, the defininf principles and details of land use management are revealed.
Éli Luweyok Kìkayunkahke will be presented in an abridged form at the October 2017 American Society for Ethnohistory conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Look for Death of a Mountain, the story of an ethnobotanical disaster next year in the Journal of Ecolinguistics.