5th Annual POCUMTUCK HOMELANDS FESTIVAL
A Celebration of Native American Art, Music, & Culture
Saturday August 4,10am-7pm
Unity Park waterfront, First Street, Turners Falls
Sponsored by the Nolumbeka Project with support from RiverCulture and the Montague Cultural Council.
The 5th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival takes place on Saturday, August 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 vendors, some of whom work with museums, will display and sell beautiful works of art including jewelry, baskets and drums. Live performances include traditional and original music by Kelvin Mockingbird (flute), The Kingfisher Singers, Bryan Blanchette (guitar), Urban Thunder (drums), Black Hawk Singers and storytelling by Willow Greene. Justin “Bigishkibin” Beatty will emcee.
Primitive skills demonstrations (flint knapping, birch bark biting, ash log pounding) will also be on site. Special guests Roger Longtoe Sheehan and tribal experts will demonstrate weaponry skills and display clothing from different cultures visiting the Great Falls in 17th century. Nolumbeka Project president, David Brule, will host a talk titled “History and Healing at the Falls.” Other participating experts include ceremonial stone landscape researcher Tim Mac Sweeney and Evan Pritchard, the Director of the Center of Algonquin Studies.
Delicious Native American food rounds out this wonderful day on the River! Rain or shine.