1–8-08 Wilda Mart­son The­atre, Anchor­age, AK poster by Chris Shaw

1/8-9/08 Moonalice poster by Chris ShawJan­u­ary 8 & 9, 2008 Wilda Mart­son The­atre, Anchor­age, Alaska
Moon­al­ice poster by Chris Shaw

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, Anchor­age was the north­ern out­post of the Pacific hemp trade in the late 18th cen­tury. Appar­ently there is an untold chap­ter of Cap­tain James Cook’s third voy­age of explo­ration, dur­ing which the good cap­tain sailed north from Tahiti to Alaska. He came up the inlet to what is now Anchor­age and dropped anchor. What the his­tory books don’t reveal is whether Cap­tain Cook sold a major cargo of Tahit­ian hemp to the natives he met in Anchor­age … or whether the cap­tain sam­pled some of the cargo. We believe the evi­dence sug­gests that both are cor­rect. Why? Cap­tain Cook, who was the finest sea­man and map­maker of his gen­er­a­tion, mis­took the inlet (which is salt water) for a river (which is fresh). Moon­al­ice leg­end sug­gests that the cap­tain had to be buzzed to make a mis­take like that. Then Cap­tain Cook went to Hawaii, where a dif­fer­ent group of natives killed him for rea­sons that remain shrouded in the fog of his­tory. We’ll leave explo­ration of that part of the leg­end until the band goes to Hawaii.

The band’s first gig of 2008 was in a the­ater attached to Anchorage’s city library. It was a beau­ti­ful win­ter evening … almost all day long. The sun came up around 10:30 in the morn­ing and set around 4pm. Talk about rock ‘n’ roll hours!

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, Jan­u­ary 9 was an his­toric day for the tribe. His­tory shows that on Jan­u­ary 9, 1793, a French­man named Jean-Pierre Blan­chard attempted the first hot air bal­loon launch in Amer­ica. The event occurred in Philadel­phia and it was an A-list party. In atten­dance were Pres­i­dent George Wash­ing­ton, Thomas Jef­fer­son, John Adams, Henry Clay and Paul Revere, among oth­ers. The day was a huge suc­cess, as Blan­chard took off, floated a mile in the air and then fif­teen miles down­wind, land­ing in New Jersey.

It has been widely reported that prior to Jean-Pierre’s take-off, Pres­i­dent Wash­ing­ton passed some­thing to the would-be bal­loon­ist. The his­tory books sug­gest that Wash­ing­ton gave Blan­chard a note to show peo­ple he met upon land­ing, just in case they thought he was from outer space. That didn’t sound cred­i­ble to us, so we con­sulted Moon­al­ice leg­end. Nat­u­rally, we found the full story.

Any­one who has seen the movie National Trea­sure knows that Wash­ing­ton, Jef­fer­son, Adams, et al were mem­bers of the Masons. What they don’t know is that these patri­ots were also mem­bers of the Moon­al­ice tribe. Wash­ing­ton was an enor­mously suc­cess­ful hemp farmer in Vir­ginia, and well known for the qual­ity of his prod­uct. Moon­al­ice leg­end reveals that what Wash­ing­ton gave Blan­chard was a tightly rolled hemp prod­uct. He was reported to have said, “Yo Jean-Pierre! If you’re going to be a mile high, you might as well be eight miles high! Happy landings!!”

 

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