9TH ANNUAL POCUMTUCK HOMELANDS FESTIVAL AUGUST 6 & 7
NORTHEASTERN NATIVE AMERICAN VENDORS WELCOME. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Request an application at firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited so there will be no exceptions. CRAFT CRITERIA: Multiple items must be created by hand, one at a time. No imports. Craft items should contain natural materials rather than machine made All beads should be glass, bone, shell, stone or wood. No plastic. All books, photographs or artwork should be Native American or American wildlife in subject matter. Organizers reserve the right to remove any items not in compliance with guidelines
ATTENTION VENDORS: SPACES ARE LIMITED AND PREREGISTRATION AT ABOVE EMAIL IS REQUIRED. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Mishoon Paddle August 1, 2020, story and video below
Link to video about the creation of the Mishoon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIMpiFfIZ_Y
The concept of building the Peskeompskut (Great Falls) mishoon (dugout canoe) began during a lunchtime conversation between David Brule and Jonathan Perry at the 2nd Street Bakery on 4th Street in Turners Falls following a monthly Battlefield Grant meeting. Two years later the actual construction of the 18-foot-long vessel was started at the 2019 Pocumtuck Homelands Festival with 55 consecutive hours of fire carving and scraping and the goal of launching it the following year as part of the 2020 festival. Due to Covid-19, plans for the festival were scrapped. We were very disappointed, but it felt spiritually and symbolically important to find a way to put the mishoon in the river as originally planned.
Thanks to the Connecticut River Conservancy we were able to organize a paddle with a limited number of participants. Thanks to Melissa Vanek of CRC for the beatuiful cover photo (seen above). We are so grateful to Vince Hogan (Quinetucket LLC) for the spectacular filming and documenting of this very special event. The breathtaking footage makes it almost as good as being there! We give thanks to Jonathan Perry for his vision, expertise, inspiring words, and for completing the project on time despite pandemic related obstacles. Many thanks to the crew members for bringing this dream to life from fire carving a large log into a beautiful canoe to paddling the first mishoon to be on the river in a very long time. Bryan Camden donated his time and the use of Turners Falls Airport equipment to transport the log/mishoon to various locations and gave the firewood that was used to burn the dugout. David Brule spent countless hours coordinating the construction and launch of the mishoon in the Quonektakut to honor and celebrate the history and continued presence of the Indigenous Peoples of the Northeast. Also, deep appreciation to the many sponsors who supported this construction and event. They are listed at the end of the video. Please remember to thank them, too. We are planning the Pocumtuck Homelands Festival and another paddle with more participants on the weekend of August 6 – 8. We will post updates at www.nolumbekaproject.org/
Link to Indigenous Voices of the Berkshires: Native American Herbalism:
JESSE BRUCHAC SPEAKS TO CHILDREN AT COLRAIN CENTRAL SCHOOL
Link to Deborah Spears Moorehead & Annawon Weeden, October 25 event
A Wampanoag Perspective 400 Years After the Mayflower
Link to YouTube of 400 Years: Truth & Healing for the Next Seven Generations:
Thanks to the wonderful presenters and special guest Miguel Garate.
An article about the launch of the mishoon: https://www.recorder.com/nolumbeka-boat-launch-35514141?fbclid=IwAR3MZ_DNNlb9NDU6FD-NblTY6a8ot4I0jscyX825GILwisEuWyKu3ZdeZ1k
Photos of the paddle from Melissa Vanek of the co-sponsor Connecticut River Conservancy: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1rIgCLEmqlUtkbgk55OkW35TXiXTMhp6W?fbclid=IwAR3FyYHoTP_TDGA_ZM99a3msgidbzlZtgLsDtmT9ZV6HltULNmro2zuqRUg
Past Virtual Events:
LIVE FROM MINNEAPOLIS, JUNE 28, TALL PAUL, ANISHANAABE AND ONEIDA HIP-HOP ARTIST
We have a wonderful and powerful collection to share with beautiful and thoughtful compositions that were submitted by friends to commemorate the 344th anniversary of the May 19, 1676 Great Falls Massacre. Here is a link to the compilation. Thanks so much for the thoughtful submissions. Here is the link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IAgVb26b26hCrLmkFg8jEpPTWEoBqSdL/view
The Water Water Song by Bear Fox sung in Kanienke:ha by Lily-Rakia near the Great Falls
Nisnol Siboal/Two Rivers: Celebrating the Waters of Ndakinna (Our Land), link to the April 4 webcast with Joseph and Jesse Bruchac. Sponsored by Mascoma Bank, Peace Development Fund, Great River Hydro, and the Brattleboro Coop. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5kwGArXGk8
Social & Stomp Dance with Annawon Weeden and James Moreis, February 1, Greenfield Community College, sponsored by Greenfield Community College, Greenfield Savings Bank, the Babson 2020 Fund of the Peace Development Fund, and the Greenfield and Shelburne Local Cultural Councils.
LIVE EVENTS CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19. RIVER STORIES 2021?