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Norwalk photos: Gratitude

Audrey Cozzarin reads an Iroquoian Thanksgiving Address, Monday on the Town Green. (John Levin)

Allison O’Grady, a Tracey Magnet School student, Monday on the Town Green. (John Levin)

NORWALK, Conn. — About 60 Norwalkers gathered Monday at the Norwalk Green gazebo to focus on “gratitude.”

The Rev. Tamara Moreland, pastor of First Congregational Church welcomed everyone to the second “Gratitude on the Green” and Mayor Harry Rilling spoke about Norwalk’s diverse community. Organizer Audrey Cozzarin followed with a reading of an Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address:

“Today we have gathered and when we look upon the faces around us we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty and responsibility to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give our greetings and our thanks to one another as people.

“Now our minds are one.

“We are thankful to our Mother, the Earth, for she gives us all that we need for life. She supports our feet as we walk about upon her. It gives us joy that she continues to care for us as she has from the beginning of time. To our mother, we send our greetings and our thanks.

“Now our minds are one.

Monday on the Town Green. (Brenda Jacobsen)

“Now we turn our thoughts to the Creator, Shonkwaia’tîson, and send our greetings and our thanks for all the gifts of Creation. Everything we need to live a good life is here on this Mother Earth. For all the love that is around us, we gather our minds together as one and send our choicest words of greetings and thanks to the Creator.

“Now our minds are one.”

 

Guests were invited to turn to a neighbor and share hopes and gratefulness with one another, and community song were part of the program. Speakers included Rabbi Ita Paskind from Congregation Beth-El and the Rev. Daniel Simons from St. Paul’s on the Green. Students from the Tracey Magnet School shared posters and their thoughts about what they are grateful for. One girl spoke about the many things she’s grateful for, and concluded with, “…and, the list goes on…”

Monday on the Town Green. (John Levin)

Monday on the Town Green. (John Levin)

Monday on the Town Green. (John Levin)

Monday on the Town Green. (Brenda Jacobsen)

Monday on the Town Green. (John Levin)

Monday on the Town Green. (Brenda Jacobsen)

Monday on the Town Green. (Brenda Jacobsen)

3 comments

Johnny cardamone November 23, 2022 at 10:17 am

Sounds like the pilgrims got thrown to the side of the road along with Columbus. Yeah 🇮🇹🇺🇸🌎😩👎🏽 I suppose some people were thankful for the neopaganism.🥵 yeah yeah happy Thanksgiving🦃 not too happy for the turkeys🙈🦔

Skip Hagerty November 23, 2022 at 11:03 pm

Who is “Shonkwaia’tîson? I don’t remember this name name from the years of American history class.

Audrey Cozzarin November 25, 2022 at 5:00 pm

Johnny and Skip: Next year, please join us for the 3rd annual such event, the goal of which is to bring together our Norwalk community in thanks for what we have along with celebration and regard for those who stood on this ground before us. It’s as simple as that.

The word Haudenosaunee is an Iroquoian word that means “People of the Longhouse, the dwelling for gatherings and meetings. There is a much that I didn’t learn in public school, either, about the native peoples who were pushed off their land. But we are learning more and celebrating their wise words.

I invite you both to help us next year in preparing and planning for “Gratitude on the Green” 2023!

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