Honoring the Past • Healing the Present • Celebrating the Future

UPCOMING EVENTS

Two Local Showings of Dawnland in May   https://upstanderproject.org/dawnland

“For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. As recently as the 1970’s, one in four Native children nationwide were living in non-Native foster care, adoptive homes, or boarding schools. Many children experienced devastating emotional and physical harm by adults who mistreated them and tried to erase their cultural identity.”

“Now, for the first time, they are being asked to share their stories. In Maine, a historic investigation—the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) in the United States—begins a bold journey. For over two years, Native and non-Native commissioners travel across Maine. They gather testimony and bear witness to the devastating impact of the state’s child welfare practices on families in Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribal communities. Collectively, these tribes make up the Wabanaki people.”

Sunday, May 5, 1:30. p.m., 1st of three films featured that day,  part of the 17th Annual Anti-Racism Film Festival, All Souls UU Church, 399 Main St., Greenfield, MA.  Child care. Donations appreciated. For more information call 413-772-0003

Tuesday, May 7, 7 p.m., Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St., Amherst, $7.50, amherstcinema.org. Includes a panel discussion. Sponsored by the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding and Critical Commentary. Kristine@karunacenter.org

Saturday, May 18, Day of Remembrance: Commemoration of 343rd anniversary of the Great Falls Massacre,  1 — 3:30 P.M., Open Circle. Native and Non-Native people invited to share. Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Ave. A, Turners Falls, MA  Details to be announced.  Co-sponsored by DCR

 

Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m., Stone Prayers, presentation by Curtiss Hoffman, Ph.D., author of the newly published book,  of that title. Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Ave. A, Turners Falls MA. Co-sponsored by DCR

 

Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4,  6th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival,  Unity Park Riverfront, 1st St., Turners Falls, MA. The Kingfiisher Singers, Hawk Henries, Joseph and Jesse Buchac, Lee “Mixashawn” Rozie, Kerri Helme, childrens’ activities, and more. Witness the carving of a dugout canoe from a white pine log with traditional fire carving and scraping by a team from the Aquinnah Wampanoag. Vendors, educators, authors, archaeologists, ceremonial stones expert, demonstration of primitive skills, Native American food vendor, etc. Welcoming and interesting for all ages. Donations appreciated.

 

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This program is sponsored in part by grants from the Buckland,  Charlemont-Hawley,  Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Heath, Leyden, Montague, Northfield, Orange,Shelburne Falls, and Warwick CulturalCouncils, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council,a state agency.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Nolumbeka Project is to promote a deeper, broader and more accurate depiction of the history of the Native Americans/American Indians of New England before and during European contact and colonization;

 

To protect and preserve sites sacred to, and of historic value to, the Native Americans/American Indians of New England; to create and promote related educational opportunities, preservation projects and cultural events; and to work in partnership, as much as possible, with the tribes.

 

We will strive to exemplify the Native American/American Indian peoples’ respect for Mother Earth and all living beings; to be mindful of our role as caretakers for future generations; and to honor our connection to the Earth and Sky and to the Creator.

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Who We Are

The Nolumbeka Project, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of Native Americans/American Indians of New England through educational programs, art, history, music, heritage seed preservation and cultural events. We are actively building, maintaining and expanding an historical archive research library for use by the Tribes and Educators of the Northeast and beyond.

Our Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers who have been active for more than 40 years in a number of other preservation, historical research, environmental and social justice organizations. 

Several of our Board members are of mixed Native American  /American Indian heritage.  

 



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