The ability to offer the programs to everyone with no cost for admission makes it possible for our presenters to reach and teach thousands of people, especially during this pivotal year coinciding with Plymouth 400. This is a huge undertaking for our small but very dedicated all volunteer non-profit. All will be used to compensate the presenters and pay for the venues, advertising, etc. Donations of any amount are appreciated
This is a pivotal year in the history of the Northeast and there is real potential that the Indigenous presenters in this series, telling their own stories in their own words, will reach thousands of people all along the beautiful Connecticut River Valley. While Plymouth 400 is focusing on the anniversary of the Mayflower landing and it's impact on the Wampanoag people who lived in that area, "River Stories 2020: Recovering Indigenous Voices of the Connecticut River Valley" will remind people that there were many Native American cultures thriving here and all across the continent for 12,000 years before that infamous landing. And they're still here! Did you know this area was significant to the Wampanoag, too? All donations will help pay for the presenters and the venues. We are am all-volunteer non-profit. Here are ink to January interviews on our local PBS station http://connectingpoint.wgby.org/nolumbeka-project-native-culture/ and the Valley Advocate https://valleyadvocate.com/2020/01/29/the-other-side-of-plymouth-rock-river-stories-series-highlighting-the-valleys-native-population-is-a-counterpoint-to-plymouth-400/?fbclid=IwAR21c5iW0mjCLLIXv3LIXnlIwruOgomS3ST_gHMH2Sa1X63NlLNj0l9ISr8Schedule:
· February 1 (snow date 2/2) Greenfield Community College 1-4 PM,
Native American Social Dance and Stomp Dance. Opening: Elnu Abenaki, Chief Roger Longtoe Sheehan, Dances taught by Annawon Weeden, Mashpee Wampanoag, and James Moreis, Aquinnah Wampanoag, All are welcome!
· March 14 (snow date 3/15) 1-4 PM Thetford Academy, hosted by Dartmouth College Opening remarks: Nolumbeka board, and representative of Nehantic Indian Tribe. Abenaki Speakers: Chief Don Stevens of Nulhegan Abenaki, Joe and Jesse Bruchac, Music, Bryan Blanchette
· April 19 1-4 PM (Sunday) Brattleboro River Garden Gallery, Speakers: Joe and Jesse Bruchac, Chief Roger Longtoe Sheehan and Rich Holschuh of Elnu Abenaki, others
· May 16 1-4 PM, Great Falls Discovery Center, Nolumbeka Project Annual Day of Remembrance for victims of May 19, 1676 massacre. Speakers: Jesse and Joseph Bruchac , Chief Roger Longtoe Sheehan, Liz Santana Kiser of Chaubunagungamaug Band of Nipmuck Indians
· June 6, time to be determined, Springfield, Riverfront Park, Larry Spotted Crow Mann, Justin Beatty and Urban Thunder; Mixashawn
· July 11 fun paddle from Vernon VT to Northfield MA. Connecticut River Conservancy sponsor . Details to be announced.
· July 25 1-4 PM Northfield Riverview Pavilion, Speakers: Rich Holschuh and Chief Roger Longtoe Sheehan, Nipmuck representative TBA
· July 31, 1 – 4 PM, Jonathan Perry, Aquinnah Wampanoag, Northfield to Unity Park fun paddle + mishoon launch. Connecticut River Conservancy co-sponsor. Arrive at Pocumtuck Homelands Festival
· August 1+2, 10 AM – 5 PM, 7th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival, Unity Park, Turners Falls. Music, Vendors, River Stories 2020 Speakers
· September 19 10AM-4 PM, Amherst, Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Speakers:
Liz Coldwind Santana Kiser, Larry Spotted Crow Mann, Nipmuck musicians and vendors
· October 17 11 AM-4 PM Connecticut River Museum, Essex, CT. (Nehantic + Abenaki)
Speakers: Dr. John Pfeiffer, Tatten Family, David Brule,Chief Roger Longtoe Sheehan,
Rich Holschuh. Music: Blue Feather Drum group
· November Greenfield Community College, Full Beaver Moon Gathering
Speakers (TBA) Music: TBA
We continue to steward Wissatinnewag and provide educational presentations in area schools.
The Metacomet red flint corn pictured was grown in one of the circle gardens this summer 2019.
Pictured below is Jonathan Perry burning and scraping the mishoon (and serving chicken and corn to Pam Kimball) at the 2019 Pocumtuck Homelands Festival. The dugout canoe will lead a procession of paddlers to the festival in 2020!