57 Forest Street
(look for signs to get to pow-wow parking lot across from Saint Richards Catholic Church)
Danvers, MA 01923
11AM – 5PM
Host Drum: Iron River Singers Invited Drum: Urban Thunder Singers
Emcee: Dave Weeden
Drumming and singing will be performed by the Iron River Singers and the Urban Thunder Singers. They provide music for the dancers.
An interactive educational workshop with Claudia Fox Tree, M.Ed. – Arawak (Yurumein) will take place. There will be conversations about First Nations People (Native American) identity, culture, and history. On one day you will learn about assumptions that perpetuate stereotypes and myths, and how to expand ideas about Native American history, and the begin to explore the role of language and the power you have to change inaccurate stories about the First People of this land. On the other day, you will discover and learn about First Nations female role-models and their contributions to contemporary society and Native American history and culture. The workshop will begin around 11:30 AM each day.
Music and songs will be performed by Medicine Mammals, a vocal harmony group. They will share traditional and contemporary Native songs accompanied by hand drums, rattles, guitars and rain sticks. (Sat. they will sing a cappella with rattles and hand drums; on Sun, the full band will play.)
Join in some of the inter-tribal dancing. The public is always welcomed and encouraged to share in these dances especially the children.
Sit back and enjoy the various dance-style demonstrations inside the Circle. They will include the lady’s fancy shawl dance, jingle dress dance, grass dance, crow hop, lady’s traditional dance, men’s traditional dance, and others. You will also see a small group of youth dancers taking part in the Circle. Give them some encouragement (not monetary) for showing so much pride in their culture.
Have the children take part in craft making (antler tip necklaces) and storytelling with Loril and Peter around the tipi.
Self directed Native games will be set up around the tipi too. Some of the games includeHoop Game, Pine Cone Toss, Corn Cob Dart Throw, Standing Ones Game, etc.
Kerri Helme will also offer craftmaking at her table near by – corn husk dolls and traditional clay pinch pots.
Vendors will be selling their arts & crafts. A sampling of the items include wampum jewelry, beaded jewelry, silver and turquoise jewelry, carved bone jewelry, cedar feather boxes, paintings, tipi lamps, leather goods, fans, Native-themed clothing and hats, bamboo musical instruments, ponchos, rattles, blankets and so much more.
A few Native artisans will be set up demonstrating their intricate craft work. Stop by and watch bead looming techniques by Rhonda Mills; finger weaving by Marlene Lopez; quill work by Yolanda Smith; leather hair ties by Keiko Moreno; and drum making by Strong Oak.
Taste some of the traditional Native food and some American fare for sale by “Silver Moon”. A few of the foods include Three Sisters Rice (rice, beans corn & squash); Fry bread, Seafood Chowder, Fish Cakes, Strawberry Moon Tea, as well as hamburgers and hot dogs.
We will have a resource table that will include information, event flyers, newsletters, membership applications and other information that might be of value and interest to you. We will also be selling T-shirts with the organization’s logo which represents The Circle of Unity, The Four Directions, The Pipe of Peace, and The Feather of Brotherhood.
Raffle tickets will also be on sale at this table. You will have a chance to win two admission tickets to Six Flags New England. The drawing will take place on Sunday (July 17th). You do not need to be present to win.
Adults – $5.00
MCNAA Members and Seniors: $4.00
Children: 4-12 years – $3.00
Children 3 and Under – FREE
The Pow-wow is “OPEN TO THE PUBLIC” – Everyone is Welcomed!
Bring a lawn chair or a blanket for seating!