UMass Amherst Powwow April 15, 2017

umass powwow 2017 poster

Hosted by UMass Amherst Native American Student Association.

Come join us at Curry Hicks Cage Gym on the UMass Amherst campus. All public welcome, free parking, handicapped accessible, donations welcome, vendors.

Host Drums: Storm Boyz
Guest drums: Iron River, Eastern Suns
Head Man: Dan Shears
Head Lady: Angelina LaRotonda
MC: Justin Beatty
Arena Director: Don Barnaby
Story teller: Larry Spotted Crow Mann

Food by UMass’ own Baby Berk!

If you are interested in becoming a vendor, you may contact

If you are traveling to the powwow and will need a hotel room, we have arranged with the Howard Johnson in Hadley to have a block of rooms reserved for us. Call and mention you will be in town for the UMass Powwow and they can give you a rate of $93/night!
Howard Johnson Express Inn
413-586-0114 or 1-800-467-4600
401 Russell St.
Hadley, MA 01035

Aquinnah Cultural Center “Winter Funraiser” March 11, 2017


Link to a pdf of the flyer…2017-aquinnah-funraiser

Nulhegan Abenaki Gathering

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The fifth annual Nulhegan Abenaki Heritage Gathering will take place on Saturday and Sunday (8/13-8/14) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Throughout the weekend, there will be singing, drumming and dancing, and traditional games for both adults and children. Members of the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association, as well as other Native Peoples, will sell traditional and contemporary art, and some will demonstrate their crafts.

“This event is all about making sure natives can enjoy their culture and gather as a community. … My job as chief is to make sure that our kids know their culture,” Stevens said. “The public is also welcome to come, and understand who we are and what we do. We are often overlooked. Most people look at minorities, and don’t think of the Abenaki. We’ve been part of the fabric for so long that we aren’t seen as outsiders.”

Note: although this gathering took place this past weekend, a record of the story is placed here for reference. Full story in Stowe Today.

Indigenous History and Heritage: A Journey

Nolumbeka Snow Moon Jennifer Lee

Join the Nolumbeka Project and Jennifer Lee at the Full Snow Moon Gathering, Saturday, February 20, 12-3 p.m., Great Falls Discovery Center, 2  Ave. A, Turners Falls, MA. Press release follows:

Jennifer Lee (Metis/Narragansett) will share her personal journey as a Native American descendant. Her lifelong passion is learning the true history and culture of this land and about the presence of Native People today. Free – donations welcome. Thanks to Nur Tiven for creating our beautiful poster. Thanks to DCR for their co-sponsorship.

Jennifer Lee is a beloved friend of the Nolumbeka Project and we are grateful for this opportunity to hear her story. Every year, she graces the Pocumtuck Homelands Festival and provides a picturesque tableau for the day with her wigwam and bark baskets under the trees on the riverfront. She is an independent student of American Indian History. She is also a student and a participant of Indian culture. She travels to learn and travels to share what she’s been learning about the true history of this land and the existence, persistence, and resistance of indigenous people today. For the past 22 years she’s presented educational programs at schools, historic sites, festivals, museums and reservations. These presentations usually include a traveling wigwam full of bark baskets. This program will feature bark baskets and a list of recommended movies.

Vermont Abenaki Host Historic Gathering in Shelburne

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For the record, this historic event was held a month and a half ago at the Shelburne Museum. This is the Burlington Free Press’s coverage.

“We’re not extinct. We’re not dead,” [Chief Don] Stevens said. “Abenaki people have always been here, they continue to always be here, and we are very involved with the fabric of Vermont and also the outside of the world.”

Vermont Hosts The Wabanaki Confederacy Conference

abenaki drumsLeading off this morning, the Abenaki bands of Vermont are hosting a gathering of the Wabanaki Confederacy, in this state for the first time in 200 years. Vermont Public Radio’s Vermont Edition talks with Chief Don Stevens of the Nulhegan Band of Coosuk-Abenaki and Professor Fred Wiseman about this momentous and forward-looking event. The Conference will be held at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont beginning today, August 19, 2015 through Saturday August 22, 2015; the public is invited to join the celebration all day on Saturday. A Facebook Event page can be found here.