6th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival


SATURDAY, August 3
10am Stage: Opening and greeting
10:15am: East Tent: Chief Don Stevens. “Creation Story”
10:15am: Drums
11am Stage: Mixashawn
11am: Building Bridges Mural Tour. Meet at table near crosswalk.
11am: Kids' Craft with Kerri Helme: Corn Husk Dolls
Noon Stage: Kingfisher Singers
1pm: Drums
1pm East Tent: Talk with Evan Pritchard “The French Correction- How French Templars "Discovered the New World" with Help from the Algonquins and Why They Kept it to Themselves.”
1pm: Kids' Craft with Kerri Helme: Corn Husk Dolls
2pm Stage: Joseph and Jesse Bruchac
3pm East Tent: Talk with David Brule "1676-Chasing Musket Balls
3pm: Building Bridges Mural Tour. Meet at table near crosswalk.
3pm: Drums
4pm Stage: Hawk Henries
7:30pm: Joanne Shenandoah at the Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, $20/$25 Reduced for students/seniors.

SUNDAY, August 4
10am: Opening and Greeting
10:15pm: East Tent: Chief Don Stevens “Corn Mother Story”
10:15am: Drums
11am: Stage: Hawk Henries
11am: Kids' Craft with Keri Helme: Corn Husk Dolls
12:15pm: Stage: Joseph and Jesse Bruchac
1:30pm: East Tent: Talk with David Brule "1676--Chasing Musket Balls
1:30pm: Kids' Craft with Kerri Helme: Corn Husk Dolls
1:30pm: Pollinator Project- Stories and Seed Activity
1:30pm: Drums
2:30pm: Stage: Kingfisher Singers
3:30pm: Stage: Mixashawn
4:30pm: Closing Drums


A Celebration of Native American Art, Music, & Culture
August 3-4,10am-6pm
Unity Park waterfront, First Street, Turners Falls
Sponsored by the Nolumbeka Project with support from RiverCulture and many others.

The 6th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival takes place on August 3- 4 at Unity Park, along the Connecticut River in Turners Falls from 10am-7pm. The celebration of Native American art, music and culture is FREE, family friendly, educational, wheelchair accessible, and of interest to all ages.

Indigenous craft vendor will display and sell beautiful works of art including jewelry, baskets and drums. Live performances include The Kingfisher Singers, Hawk Henries, Joseph and Jesse Bruchac, Lee “Mixashawn” Rozie and Black Hawk Singers with Justin Beatty as emcee. Kerri Helme with set up authentic Native American childrens’ activities- all entertainment is free!

NEW THIS YEAR: Witness the carving of a dugout canoe from a green 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 Northeast Woodlands skills, Native American food vendor, etc. Welcoming and interesting for all ages.

A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY GRAMMY AWARD WINNER JOANNE SHENANDOAH is scheduled for 7:30pm on Saturday, August 3 at the Shea Theater Arts Center, Turners Falls.Joanne Shenandoah draws upon a deep well of personal and historical knowledge of music to create rich and complex songs. Beyond being a highly decorated musician, she is a humanitarian, working as a peace advocate, earth and human rights speaker for justice and has captured the hearts of audiences all over the world. http://www.joanneshenandoah.com/ Tickets to Joanne Shenandoah at The Shea Theater are $20 advanced/ $25 at the door. Discounts for students and seniors

At the time of this posting, the Pocumtuck Homelands Festival is co-sponsored by RiverCulture, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, the Babson 20 20 Fund of the Peace Development Fund, RSF Social Finance, River Valley Coop, Red Roof Inn Plus, The Solar Store of Greenfield, FirstLight, Redeker Tents, National Vinyl, Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, DCR, Green Fields Market and grants from the Buckland, Charlemont-Hawley, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Heath, Leyden, Montague, Northfield, Orange,Shelburne Falls, and Warwick Cultura lCouncils, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. We were also awarded an MCC Cultural Portfolios Projects Grant and Festivals Grant. We welcome additional sponsors.

Delicious Native American food rounds out this wonderful day on the River!
Rain or shine. RAIN LOCATION  The Great Falls Discovery Center

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