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Spring Planting Moon Pow-Wow & Crafts Festival - Boston Events INSIDER

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I've been to Native American festivals and they're always intriguing, with great people who can show you dancing, demonstrations, and crafts. They'll have storytelling and a tipi you can go inside of. 11am-6pm. - . Marshfield Fairgrounds, 140 Main St., Marshfield, MA . For info and alerts from Johnny Monsarrat, subscribe to the newsletter.
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The Massachusetts Center for

Native American Awareness announces its

Spring Planting Moon Pow-Wow

and Crafts Festival

Saturday & Sunday, May 26-27, 2012 11AM – 6PM

Marshfield Fairgrounds

140 Main Street (Route 3A)

Marshfield, MA

Host Drum: Iron River Singers (MA) Invited Drums: Lone Cry Singers (PEI)

Emcee: Justin Beatty

Intertribal Dancing ~ Dance Demonstrations ~ Craftmaking ~ Storytelling

Traditional Woodsplint Basketweaving by Victoria Oakes ~ Visits inside tipi

Self-directed Native Games ~ Arts & Crafts for sale

Educational Workshop by Claudia Fox Tree, M.Ed. – Arawak

Work with professional educator Claudia Fox Tree. Learn about some assumptions that have been made about Native

Americans. Think about where stereotypes are learned and how myths are perpetuated. Begin to explore the role of language and the power you have to change inaccurate stories about the First People of this land. The workshop is geared toward adults and upper-grade students and will be offered around 11:30 AM.

Native Foods for Sale by ‘Then and Now Native Foods’

(Buffalo Burgers, Fry Bread, Corn Soup, Pow Wow Tacos, Vegetarian Tacos, Grilled Salmon, Rez Steak, etc. )

Adult Admission: $5.00; MCNAA Members & Seniors: $4.00;

Children (4-12): $2.00; 3 & Under: FREE Native Dancers in regalia: FREE

Parking: FREE

NOTES: No Drugs or Alcohol Permitted on Premises. No Dogs Please.

Bring a lawn chair for seating. Pow-wow will take place rain or shine.

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness, Inc.



Sat. - Sun., May 26-27, 2012

(Memorial Day Weekend)

Marshfield Fairgrounds

Route 3A (140 Main St.)

Marshfield, MA

11AM - 6PM

Host Drum: Iron River Singers, Southeastern, Mass.

Invited Drums: Lone Cry Singers of Prince Edward Island, Canada

All Drums Welcomed! (Call ahead)

Emcee: Justin Beatty


? Traditional Woodsplint Basketweaving. Since 1987, Victoria Monasqasut Oakes of Wampanoag heritage has been basketweaving, apprenticing, teaching, demonstrating and studying Native American style baskets. The baskets are woven with hand pounded brown ash; birch, cherry, elm, hickory, maple, poplar and white oak woodsplints and barks. Weavings also include honeysuckle, grapevine and wisteria vines; cattails, red osier dogwood, river cane, spruce roots and sweetgrass. Natural fiber plant dyes such as bloodroot, pokeberry and walnut hull produce a range of hues and coloration she uses for the weaving materials. Moose, elk and deer shed antlers and braintanned hides become handles; porcupine quills, tooled and pyrography designs and dried gourds are also sometimes integrated into her basketry. Baskets are handcrafted during several hours of preparation and weaving and some may consist of numerous months to complete. The basketry reveals a diversity of shapes, colors, uses and designs as she believes each basket is an individual expression of the Gifts given to us from Mother Earth. Baskets woven have been awarded recognitions; displayed in museums, sold at powwows, galleries and art shows, and are in private collections across Turtle Island.

? An educational opportunity for adults and upper-grade students. Claudia Fox Tree, M.Ed. will present a 30-minute educational workshop. Work with her and learn about some assumptions that have been made about Native Americans. Think about where stereotypes are learned and how myths are perpetuated. Begin to explore the role of language and the power you have to change inaccurate stories about the First People of this land. The workshop will begin around 11:30 AM. RSVP for the workshop is advised.


Dave Little Tree – singing Iroquois songs and social dances accompanied by a small water drum, a traditional instrument of the Northeast. A few of the social dances include the women’s shuffle, shake the bush, rabbit dance, alligator dance, fish dance, round dance, and the smoke dance. This presentation is a great opportunity for our audience to experience and participate in dances that are indigenous to the Native Peoples of the Eastern Woodslands region.

There will be general Inter-tribal dancing. The public is always welcomed to share in these dances. At this cultural awareness event there will also be dance demonstrations that include lady’s fancy shawl dance, jingle dress dance, grass dance, crow hop, lady’s traditional dance, men’s fancy dance, and men’s traditional dance.


Some of the Traditional Native foods for sale will be offered by “Then and Now Native Foods” of Attleboro. Foods will include pow wow tacos, vegetarian tacos, buffalo burgers, corn soup, fry bread, succotash, rez steak, salmon, and other dishes. They will also offer American fare - hot dogs, chili dogs, hamburgers, French fries, fried turkey legs, fruit smoothies, fruit cups, icies, soda, water, lemonade, iced tea, etc.


Marlene Lopez, Mashpee Wampanoag, will demonstrate “finger weaving”. This form of weaving predates that of the loom. Prior to the introduction of sheep for wool, her ancestors and elders have performed this type of work using natural materials such as plants like hemp, and animal hairs. The designs are the arrowhead, lightning, chevron, diagonal, diamond and canadian flame. Her designs are of the 18th century Eastern Woodland and Plains.

Self directed Native games that you can play throughout the day. They include the corn-cob dart throw, Indian jump rope, pine cone toss, stick drop and more. They challenge the person on a personal level with eye and hand coordination and throwing skills.

Craft making throughout the day. This year, Loril and Peter will offer porcupine quill bracelets to the children and their families. The bracelets are made from all natural materials. [Nature-based art is recycling at its finest.] Quills are used in traditional forms of decoration by Native Americans who have access to these quills in the colder-northerly natural range of the porcupine. Biological facts about porcupines, their quills, and stories about them will be shared during the craft making. ($2 for materials).

Arts, crafts, and supplies for sale. Some of the craftwork and items include: Wampum jewelry, Beaded jewelry, Silver & turquoise jewelry, Corn Husk dolls, Furs, Stones, Wall paintings, Leather-fringe Jackets, Native-themed Clothing & Hats, Bamboo Musical Instruments, Ponchos, Rattles, Blankets, and so much more.

The Mass. Center for Native American Awareness will have a Native Resource Table that will include books, information, event flyers, newsletters, membership applications, and a variety of information that might be of value and interest to our attendees.

One of the cultural educational components of the event is the set up of a Native home. Visitors will watch as a tipi is being erected. They will then be invited inside to view the old-age decorations and ask questions. The home is a dwelling for transient people like the Plains Indians. The framework is arranged in a cone shape. It is purposely asymmetrical. The covering is made of canvas but years ago it was made from buffalo hide. Storytelling will take place in and around the tipi.

Listen to the emcee. He will give all of the information you need about the program and it’s activities. He will educate and make you aware of some of the Native traditions as it relates to this event.


Adults: $5.00

Seniors & MCNAA Members: $4.00

Children: (4-12 yrs.) $2.00

Children (3 & Under) FREE

Native Dancers in full regalia: FREE

Parking: FREE

Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.


Mass. Center for Native American Awareness, Inc

Telephone: 617-642-1683




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