8th annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival: A Celebration of Native AMERIcan art, music & cultures.

8th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival: A Celebration of Native American Art, Music, and Cultures, Saturday, August 7, Sunday, August 8, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Unity Park, Turner Falls, MA. Special Guests: Tom Porter, Mohawk Spiritual Leader and Annawon Weeden, actor, activist, dancer and artist with Mashpee Wampanoag, Narragansett and Pequot heritage. Live music with Jennifer Kreisberg who comes from four generations of Seven Singing Sisters through the maternal line. Black Hawk Singers. Traditional music by the Kingfisher Singers; contemporary Algonquin music with Nulhegan-Abenaki singer-songwriter Bryan Blanchette , Justin Beatty. emcee. Superior Native American arts and crafts vendors, Eastern Woodlands skills demonstrations, Ceremonial Stone Landscapes display, children’s activities including making corn husk dolls with Kerri Helme; social dancing, history presentations, Native American food vendor. Free, welcoming, accessible, and fun for all ages and backgrounds. There will be a free raffle to win a bark basket by Jennifer Lee ($200 value). Schedule below.

Ash bark, Spruce root stitching, Red Willow rim, 12 inches long, 8 inches high, 9 inches deep

NORTHEASTERN NATIVE AMERICAN VENDORS WELCOME. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Request an application at nolumbekaproject@gmail.com. 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 

Here is the link to the Paddle to Peskeompskut in partnership with the Connecticut River Conservancy on Friday August 6 alongside the mishoon started at the festival in 2019 and launched last year on the date that would have been the festival. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paddle-to-peskeompskut-with-the-nolumbeka-project-registration-161834327831?fbclid=IwAR22581nL5_wOBXnxpm-sIoEPtxE-IJWyR8tug0HGVAOOxleeNYzYUmOcDI

Questions? email nolumbekaproject@gmail.com ATTENTION VENDORS: SPACES ARE LIMITED AND PREREGISTRATION AT ABOVE EMAIL IS REQUIRED. NO EXCEPTIONS.

SCHEDULE FOR BOTH DAYS: THE KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS AT 11 AM AND 2 PM WILL BE LIVE-STREAMED ON WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/NOLUMBEKAPROJECT

10 AM- OPENING

10:45 AM-BLACK HAWK SINGERS

11 AM – TOM PORTER

12 PM – THE KINGFISHER SINGERS

1 PM – BRYAN BLANCHETTE

2 PM – ANNAWON WEEDEN “ADVOCACY & ALLIANCE”

3 PM – JENNIFER KREISBERG

4 PM – BLACK HAWK SINGERS

4:45 PM – CLOSING

HISTORY PRESENTATIONS BOTH DAYS

12 PM – DAVID BRULE

1 PM – EVAN PRITCHARD

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