The 8th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival: A Celebration of Native American Art, Music, and Cultures is a free, family-friendly public event held on the banks of the Connecticut River just above the dam that was once the Great Falls. It was an important meeting place for tribal members from all over the Northeast and beyond, as far west as the Ohio River Valley, for millennia where they gathered to celebrate the prolific fish runs at the falls and to trade, share technologies, meet potential spouses and more. The festival in many ways replicates the joy of this annual reunion with its entertaining, uplifting and educational offerings that appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. It is also the site of the May 19, 2004 Reconciliation Ceremony that took place between the Town of Montague and the Narragansett. The last paragraph of the Reconciliation Agreement reads, "As we exchange gifts, ideas, and good will today, we commit to a future that will continue the exchange of actions to promote understanding about and between the cultures, increase mutual vigilance for historic preservation, and deepen our appreciation for the rich heritage of the Indigenous peoples of our region, and all who have found respite, sanctuary and welcome here.”
The Nolumbeka Project is an all-volunteer non-profit dedicated to promoting a deeper, broader and more accurate depiction of the history of the American Indians of the Northeast before and during European contact and colonization to the present. We organize public events where Indigenous presenters can share their own stories in their own words and help correct the inaccurate teachings most of the mainstream population was, and still is being, taught. The Indigenous Peoples are still here!! The Nolumbeka Project relies totally on sponsorships and donations to allow our events to be open and accessible to everyone. All money raised pays the presenters, rental fees, technical support, lodging and travel expenses, advertising fees, overnight security, etc. Our estimated costs are $23,500 and we are still short and have only a month to go until the event. This wonderful celebration attracts people from miles around in all directions. We hope you, your friends and family will be able to attend this joyful and welcoming celebration of the resilience and continued presence of the Northeastern tribes. Thank you.
Special Guests: Tom Porter, and Annawon Weeden. Live music with Jennifer Kreisberg. Black Hawk Singers. Traditional music by the Kingfisher Singers; contemporary Algonquin music with Nulhegan-Abenaki singer-songwriter Bryan Blanchette. Justin Beatty. emcee. Superior Native American arts and crafts vendors, Eastern Woodlands skills demonstrations, Ceremonial Stone Landscapes display, children’s activities including making corn husk dolls with Kerri Helme; social dancing, history presentations, Native American food vendor, MORE. Free, welcoming, accessible, and fun for all ages and backgrounds. There will be a free raffle to win a bark basket made by Jennifer Lee.