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Photographers, painters, sculptors, craftsmen, puppeteers, story-tellers, musicians, and spirited performers are invited to bring their offerings to the Convocation. A highlight will be a life-size photo exhibition of the Lipizzaner Horses. The Convocation will conclude with the creation of a “Resonance Platform”. Bands, orchestras, choirs and choruses — voices from around the world — will offer up Sibelius’s beloved composition “Finlandia / This Is My Song” against the backdrop of Mt. Washington and the Presidential Peaks: This is my song, O God of all the nations . . . .


Special Guests participating in the Convocation, notably from the fields of Arts, Culture, Music, Academia, Commerce, Government and Politics,  are noted below in chronological order as appearing in the Convocation Schedule.


Convocation Photographer, Jim Peppler, Photojournalist & a former editor of The Southern Courier, Montgomery, Alabama, which covered the Civil Rights Movement for the nation and world.


Alenka SLAVINEC, Slovenian Photographer, presenting her collection, horse·pow·er; An International Outdoors Photo Exhibit featuring the Spirit of Horses, for Bretton Woods IV Convocation: The spiritual engine for monetary renewal.


The collection is from October 1 – 6, 2015;  located on the pathway from the Mount Washington Hotel to Bretton Arms Inn.  Tours of the collection will be given October 3 and 4 from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm, every hour, and at 2.00 pm on October 6. Delegates of Bretton Woods IV Convocation, Hotel guests and local residents/visitors in the Bretton Woods area are welcome.




horse·pow·er: Artist’s statement for Bretton Woods IV Convocation 2015

My feeling is that Breton Woods IV Convocation is an authentic emotion of: FREEDOM AND PROSPERITY FOR ALL. It is in essence about enabling citizens more autonomy and power over their money systems. The interest and gathering of the participants for this conference is founded from love.


The horse·pow·er collection represents the love we have inside ourselves. Love can only be when we are true in heart, soul and spirit just as horses are. I have endeavoured to capture this in my photo collection expressing the energy and spirit of horses. My artworks of Lipizzaner’s, Arab horses, and Native American horses, represent freedom and power.


It has been my experience that horses are beautiful, cooperative, and valued. At the same time they are wild and free. They cooperate with us, human beings, in order for us to prosper. When we respect them, they respect us.
They are powerful as the universe. They go into darkness without fear. They feel no need to speak languages of humans but they do speak with their heart and soul. That is their horse·pow·er, their love.


Horses are universal in every nation around the world as they fulfill the promise that gives freedom and prosperity to all just like money should. Its time we ask our selves if it is money that truly gives us this freedom and if it awakens the horse·pow·er inside of us?


Alenka Slavinec CV


Sponsored by:





Ka’nahsohon Deer, Faith-Keeper of the Longhouse, and fellow Native Elders


Violinist Alexander Romanuel


Stuart-Sinclair Weeks, Founder, The Center for American Studies


Dr. Carmine Gorga, former Italian Fulbright Scholar & Scholar of Europe


Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk, Co-founder of the Native American Journalists Association & former Editor of the journal Akwesasne Notes, Oneida, NY


Richard Kotlarz, Founder, The Institute for the Redemption of Money, Minneapolis, MN


Princella Howard Dixon, Educator, Atlanta, Georgia


John Root, Monetary Historian, Lancaster, MA


John Moses, Founder, Joseph of Arimathea Group, Richmond, Virginia


Rick Tillotson, North Country


Bob Deangelis, Exec. Director, Coos Development Corporation


Mollie White, Co-founder of the Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network (WREN)


Jon Freeman, President, The Northern Community Investment Corporation


Christine Frost, Exec. Director, The North Country Council


Andrea Mueller, Education Director, Appalachian Mountain Club


Joe Short, Director, The Northern Forest Center


Thaddeus Guldbrandsen, Vice Provost for Research & Engagement, Plymouth State College


Miha Pogacnik, Violinist, Slovenia Cultural Ambassador


Vocalist, Wilhelmina Howard Harris, Co-Founder, I Am Inc., Native of Montgomery, Alabama. Wilhelmina opened the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany.




Wilhelmina Howard Harris, Trustee, Center for American Studies at Concord, Massachusetts, heralds a life vocation in service to families, communities, and nations. Wilhelmina’s devotion to a “heavenly calling” has led her to ministry among the poor and those in need. Her work in teaching and counseling has influenced and lifted the souls and spirits of people here and abroad. The humble beginnings of her professional ministry began in Montgomery, Alabama where she was born, reared, and prepared for such a vocation during the Civil Rights Movement of the fifties and sixties.


Wilhelmina was ordained in 1986 in the state of Hawaii, while attending The University of Hawaii at Hilo and serving as a missionary church administrator with the Peaceful Holiness Church, Incorporated, Honolulu, Hawaii. Wilhelmina serves as Chief Executive Officer, interim of I Am, Incorporated a North Carolina non-profit, international education and counsel service. In 1990, Wilhelmina was commissioned from the Interdenominational Theological Center at Atlanta University Center to launch a historical documentary project which preserves the sacred music of her past. This music is registered at the Library of Congress and university archival libraries by request. The faithful devotion, discipline and determination of Wilhelmina’s ministry to others is summed in one word, LOVE, unconditional, steadfast and unfailing.



Alice Fogel, New Hampshire Poet Laureate


Autumn Gainer, North Country Charter Academy Student


John Harrigan, North Country Columnist


Berlin, NH, Mayor, Paul Grenier


Berlin, NH, Historian, Paul Tardiff


Berlin, NH, Town Father, Barry Kelly


Rick Tillotson, Benoit Lamontagne, and friends of the Tillotson Arts Center
The North Country Farmers Cooperative Inc. Julie Moran, President


 Haven Haynes, Pomona Master Grange Lecturer


Lindy Falconer, seasoned and beloved head of the Kiwanas Key Club along with its students


North Country Community Recreation Center: Lori Morann, Director of the Centre


John Harrigan


The Northern Pass Roundtable: John Harrigan, Rep. Larry Rappaport, Chris Schadler, Julie Moran, Jamie Sayen, Bob Baker, Steve Ellis, and film maker, Jerry Monkman


Kaze Dojo Marshall Arts Studio, Director, Greg Williams and his staff and students


Mollie White and Cathy Conway


Acupuncturist, Gary Rexford


Philip Bryce, Director, NH Division of Parks & Recreation, and the Weeks State Park Association


Rebecca Brown, State Representative & Exec. Director, Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust


Jay Apicelli, Restorative Justice Coordinator, Communities for Alcohol & Drug Free Youth, CADY


North Country Charter Academy, Faculty and students 


The Littleton Food Coop and its members


David Ernsberger of Littleton 


Richard Alberini, Curator of the Littleton Area Historic Society


Veronica Francis, founder of Notchnet, and one of Littleton’s god-mothers


Enzo Serafini


David Nielsen, Official Caretaker of the Old Man of the Mountain & President of the Old Man of the Mountain Museum & Preservation Association


Tarrnation Flower Farm, Reggie and Vanessa Tarr, a father and daughter team


The North Country Chamber Players: History & Performance


Dot Wiggins, President of the Franconia Area Heritage Council


Sugar Hill Sampler & Museum: Owner Barbara Serafini


Sugar Hill Historical Museum: Director Kitty Bigelow


Sandy Olney, Executive Director of the Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country


The Frost Place, former farm of America’s celebrated poet, Robert Frost


Fred Bramante, Founder, Daddy’s Junky Music, former New Hampshire gubernatorial candidate and Chairman of its State Board of Education, currently President, National Center for Competency-Based Learning


Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk, is a co-founder of the Native American Journalists Association and the former editor of the journal Akwesasne Notes


North Country Charter Academy Students


World Premier by Joanne Shenandoah, “One World”




Joanne Shenandoah, Ph.D, is one of America’s most celebrated and critically acclaimed musicians, lecturer and actress. She is a Grammy Award winner, with over 40 music awards (including a record 14 Native American Music awards) and 17 recordings. She has captured the hearts of audiences all over the world, from North and South America, South Africa, Europe, Australia and Korea, with praise for her work to promote universal peace. She served as Co-Chair for the Attorney General’s task force on Native and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence in 2014 which gave her a national presence on her work to advocate rights for children. She has been an advocate for women and lectured world wide on the subject of the matriarchal system of the Iroquois. She is a board member of the Hiawatha Institute for Indigenous Knowledge


Shenandoah performed for His Holiness the Dali Lama and at St. Peter’s at the Vatican in Italy where she performed an original composition for the celebration for the canonization of the first Native American Mohawk Saint Kateri Tekakwitha.


Shenandoah has performed at prestigious events such as The White House, Carnegie Hall, 5 Presidential Inaugurations, Madison Square Garden, Crystal Bridges Museum, The NMAI-Smithsonian, The Ordway Theater, Hummingbird Centre, Toronto Skydome, The Parliament of the Worlds Religions, (Africa, Spain and Australia), Woodstock ’94 and more.
Amongst Shenandoah’s accolades, she appeared in the Movie “The Last Winter” with Ron Perlman and Connie Britton on global warming. She has appeared on hundreds of television shows and documentaries, the latest being “In Search of Ancient Aliens” with Georgio on “Founding Fathers” and contributions of the Iroquois to the United States. She is a seasoned professional when it comes to television and film, and has also scored many documentaries:


“Joanne Shenandoah is one of the finest tributes to Native American Music and Culture” – Neil Young
“She weaves you into a trance with her beautiful Iroquois chants and wraps her voice around you like a warm blanket on a cool winter’s night,” – Robbie Robertson
“Shenandoah has become the most critically acclaimed Native American Singer of her time”. Associated Press


What Billboard has to say about Joanne:
” When Joanne Shenandoah’s first album came out, some critics dubbed her a Native American Enya. But this Iroquois singer has evolved beyond that, and “Peacemaker’s Journey” is her most impressive album yet. Shenandoah avoids the cliché’s of Native American crossover music. There are no cedar flutes, one beat tom-tom drums or exhortational chants. . . Like Enya singing in Gaelic, Shenandoah uses her voice as an instrument: its silken smooth tones draw the listener into her songs — even if the listener doesn’t understand the language. ”
2003 Peace and Power – Best Compilation, Native American Music Awards

2001 Peacemakers Journey – Grammy Nomination
2001 Peacemakers Journey – Best New Age, & Best Producer, NAMMYS
2001 IFIM Indie Award Winner
2001 First Americans in the Arts-, Outstanding Musical Achievement
2001 New Age Voice – Native Recording of the Year
2001 Oren Lyons Award
2001 Joanne Shenandoah Day, City of Syracuse
2001 Spirit of American Women Award
Best Female Artist
Best Traditional Recording (Orenda)
1999 – AFIM Honorable Mention 1999 Indian Award “Orenda”
1999 – SAMMY Awards (Orenda – Best National Recording)
1998 – Native American Music Awards, Best Female Artist
1998 – Governor’s Commission Honoring the Achievements of Women of New York
1998 – ASCAP – Popular Awards Recipient
1998 – Native American Music Awards Winner for:
Best Female Artist
Best Children’s Album
1998 – Nominee – Native American Musician of the Year, First Americans in the Arts Awards
1997 – SAMMY Awards (Syracuse Area Music Awards) “Best Acoustic Act”
1997 – SAMMY Awards (Syracuse Area Music Awards) “Best National Recording”
1997 – New York State Country Music Association “Female Entertainer of the Year”
1997 – New York State Country Music Association “Duet of the Year”
1997 – Film Advisory Board Award – “Aurora Award” for Freedom Rocks Video & CD
1997 – “Addy Gras” Inland Northwest Advertising Award for Freedom Rocks Video & CD
1997 – Outstanding Achievement Award – Post Standard Newspapers
1997 – Native American Woman of Hope for America- Bread & Roses Cultural Foundation
1997 – Nominee – Native American Musician of the Year, First Americans in the Arts Awards
1996 – Native American Woman’s Recognition Award
1995 – Female Vocalist Award
1994 – Who’s Who Among Native Americans
1994 – Native American Musician of the Year, First Americans in the Arts Awards
Wolf Clan, Iroquois Confederacy


The Bright Family Gospel Singers, Charleston, South Carolina


Bach Sonata, Miha Pogacnik, Violinist & Slovenian Cultural Ambassador


Idriart & Terra Parzival


Christopher MacDonald, North Country Charter Academy Student


Bernard Lietaer, author of The Future of Money (translated in 18 languages), former central banker, fund manager, current university professor, and a consultant to governments, multinational corporations, and community organizations


Walt McRee, Chairman, Public Banking Institute, Director of the Pennsylvania Public Bank Project, Founder and CEO of the Alliance for Public Broadcasting


Ellen Brown, Attorney, Author, Founder, Public Banking Institute, Author, A Woman’s Complete Guide to Natural Health, Web of Debt, The Public Bank Solution, and a devoted fellow citizen


Matt Patsky, Managing Partner & CEO of Trillium LLC, one of the pioneering social responsible investing firms


Paul Glover, author of Hometown Money, Health Democracy, and Deep Green Jobs; social entrepreneur; former Professor of Urban Studies and Green Party Presidential Candidate. Paul is a consultant for Green Cities, founder of “Ithaca Hours” local currency, and father of local currencies in the United States.



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The 1944 Bretton Woods Conference was a monetary conference. On top of The Bretton Woods IV Convocation’s monetary offering, the common sense monetary foundation that we look forward to laying together, the communities will show-case common sense innovations related to: energy, food, money, housing, media, currencies, justice, and education — foundation stones of a vital and prosperous economy. The innovations are arising out of conversations and collaborations, as we speak, between local citizens and enterprising individuals from across the state, nation, and world. The latter would be in attendance.


During the visits, accounts will be given, stories shared of their unfolding collaboration toward creating a model for regional development. The practical fruits of the collaborations in the areas noted, beginning with energy, will be show-cased during the Convocation in the host communities with the cutting of ribbons and raising of curtains. We look forward to working together with all people of good will to reveal an unfolding model for regional development that would contribute to turning the North Country into a Northern Commons. May the fruits of this aspiring model of regional development inspire: i) New Hampshire citizens to add a new “wrinkle”/promise to its state motto (Live Free or Die) and ii) inspire fellow citizens near and far to join us in taking up that promise:




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