Mohican New Year Celebration
January 5, 2022
Join Forge Project to celebrate the new year!
This presentation will cover the spiritual significance of the bear in Mohican and Munsee traditional religion, and how the bear plays and important role in the New Year's ceremonies conducted by our people before contact, and in the Mohican-Munsee Community of the 6 Nations reserve in Canada.
Rainer Posselt is a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans. He was born and raised on the Stockbridge reservation in Northern Wisconsin, but has since relocated to Milwaukee to pursue his education. He is a master’s candidate at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, completing thesis research that examines how historic trauma has affected attachment patterns in Native American populations. Rainer is an alumnus of Marquette University, completing his Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Sciences, and has also studied Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Rainer has worked in the tribal health sphere in various roles including community health programming and evaluation, as well as in tribal food sovereignty and tribal historic preservation. Rainer enjoys learning about tribal history, and Mohican and Munsee language.