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September 6, 2013

Native Americans celebrate 25th annual pow-wow at pond


Claudia Fox Tree, M.Ed. Arawak (Yurumein) will lead an interactive presentation on Sunday about assumptions that have been made about Native Americans, where stereotypes are learned and how myths are perpetuated. Participants can explore the role of language and the power they have to change inaccurate stories. This interactive workshop is geared toward adults and upper-grade students and will begin about noon.

“At this pow-wow, as with all of our cultural events, visitors walk away with greater knowledge, understanding and appreciation of our Native American culture and traditions,” said Fox Tree, a MCNAA board member.

Loril Moondream and Peter White Fox of Wendell, Mass. will make antler-tip necklaces each day with the children and their families (with a $2 cost for materials). They will also engage children in storytelling in front of or inside a tipi. Native American games will be set up around the tipi throughout the day for the public to play.

Arts and crafts available for purchase will include flutes, wampum jewelry, beaded jewelry, silver and turquoise jewelry, corn husk dolls, furs, stones, wall paintings, Native-themed clothing and hats, bamboo musical instruments, ponchos, rattles and blankets.

“Then and Now Native Foods,” operated by a Native American family from Attleboro, will offer food, including a northern traditional meal of a salmon fillet, succotash and cranberries. There will also be rice and beans, shrimp succotash, sausage fry bread, buffalo burgers, rez steak, corn soup, tacos, fry bread, turkey cranberry wraps and other traditional favorites. American foods include hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, french fries, and soda. Annie’s Awesome Lemonade will offer lemon, strawberry and tropical lemonades.

The state Center for Native American Awareness will set up a table to include Native resource books, information, event flyers, newsletters, membership applications and other information. The center will also sell used Native American books for $2 each.

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