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September 6, 2013

Native Americans celebrate 25th annual pow-wow at pond


A special lake-side ceremony will be held each day in celebration of the event being held at Plug Pond for 25 years.

Also new this year is Mashee Wampanoag artist and craft maker, Kerri Helme, who will demonstrate pottery-making throughout the weekend. Helme collects her own clay from the beach, dries it out, crushes it and sifts it. The pots are built up using the coil method, then are sun dried and fired up in a pit.

Additional new program artists include Triple Tribal, an a capella harmony group that will perform Native songs accompanied by hand drums, rattles and rain sticks. The Sweet Grass Singers will perform Passamaquoddy songs from their tribe and will be accompanied by hand drums. Both groups will perform on Sunday.

This year’s entertainment will also include The Wolf Cry Singers, performing on Saturday. This inter-tribal women’s hand drum group will perform traditional and contemporary Mi’kMaq, Cherokee, Navajo, Abenaki and Delaware songs and chants. The group’s mission is to keep the spirit and languages alive through their music and connection as women to each other.

All performances will take place inside a circle on a grassy area near the pavilion on both days and will be announced by emcee Annawon Weeden, who will also announce when the audience can participate.

Native American drumming and singing will be performed by the Iron River Singers of Southeastern Mass., the Urban Thunder Singers of Greater Boston, the RezDog Singers from Maine, and the Mystic River Singers of Connecticut. The drum is the heartbeat of the Native American. Without the drum, there could be no pow-wow, organizers said.

Inter-tribal dancing will take place inside the circle and the public is invited to join in. Dance-style demonstrations include the lady’s fancy shawl dance, jingle dress dance, grass dance, crow hop, lady’s traditional dance, men’s traditional dance and the Eastern Blanket Dance.

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