Monday, November 13, 2023

Tales of the Adirondacks, Past & Present: Learning the Language of the Land by Ionah Scully

Ionah Scully after finishing the 46 on Haystack

In recognition of November being Native American Heritage Month, our next OurStoryBridge Inc. story share is called Learning the Language of the Land told by Ionah Scully. Part of Adirondack Mountain Club’s OurStoryBridge Project, ADK Voices, the story is told from the perspective of Ionah Scully, a First Nation Syracuse PhD candidate, as she completes hiking the Adirondacks High Peaks 46 and reflects on her connection to the land and her ancestors. To listen to this story in its entirety, please visit the following link:

The Adirondack Almanack will share stories written by those who live, work, and play in the ADK, courtesy of OurStoryBridge Inc. These stories, which will be a combination of current and past events, people, outdoor activities and more, will be published on a weekly basis. The stories will focus on various locations situated in the Adirondack region, including the High Peaks, the town of Keene, and many other areas around the Park. Story topics include arts & culture, catastrophes, work, people, outdoor activities, daily life, community, and natural & man-made environments.


spiderweb in trees

Spiderweb on Allen Mtn. Photo courtesy of OurStoryBridge Inc./ADK Voices

Iona proud to have finished Seymour Mt.

Ionah proud to have finished Seymour Mtn. Photo courtesy of OurStoryBridge Inc./ADK Voices

View from the Allen Mtn. Lookout

View from the Allen Mtn. Lookout. Photo courtesy of OurStoryBridge Inc./ADK Voices

Ionah on Gothics Mtn.

Ionah on Gothics Mtn. Photo courtesy of OurStoryBridge Inc./ADK Voices


Visit to hear more stories from around the Adirondacks. To hear more stories from ADK Voices, visit

Those who wish to contribute to OurStoryBridge Inc. can find more information on how to start a story project by utilizing tool kits at the link here.


Photo courtesy of OurStoryBridge Inc.

About OurStoryBridge Inc.:

OurStoryBridge is a national project, led by a team of volunteers and implemented at the grassroots level by local libraries, historical societies, museums, and issue oriented organizations, that supports the creation of three- to five-minute, locally created audio stories with related photographs, as well as their online accessibility, by posting them on a website that appeals to both young and old and can be produced at low cost.

About ADK Voices:

ADK Voices captures brief oral histories with photographs from ADK chapter members whose perspectives and experiences we collect and share with you here. Our stories are about ADK history, conservation, ADK events, nature, ADK staff and volunteers, outings, chapter projects, and people, over the last 100 years and into our future.


Story #14 of our sharing series: Story Credit to OurStoryBridge Inc./ADK Voices.

Photo at top: Ionah Scully after finishing the 46 on Haystack Mtn. Photo courtesy of OurStoryBridge Inc./ADK Voices.



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The Adirondack Almanack publishes occasional guest essays from Adirondack residents, visitors, and those with an interest in the Adirondack Park. Submissions should be directed to Almanack editor Melissa Hart at

One Response

  1. John Sasso says:

    Ionah, thank you for your story, which I took the time to listen to. First, kudos to your appreciation of Mt Allen! It is truly a wonderful peak with great views. I also appreciate your attitude of building a relationship with the mountains rather than trying to “conquer them” (besides, one can never conquer a mountain, but overcome the fears one has) or treat them like something to check off on a list. These mountains are not simply inanimate objects but have “seen things” and if they could speak, they could tell you much.
    As an Adirondack historian, what I find lacking in the published literature is the history of the Native Americans w/r/t the Adirondacks. Yes, there is Melissa Otis’s book, “Rural Indigenousness,” which provides some good insight, but in general, I have seen little published on this topic. Unfortunately, I see erroneous claims of their lack of ties to the land, or the names of several natural features which authors claim to have originated from the Natives Peoples of the region, yet in actuality, they were made up by some 19th-century writer.

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