‘Tis the Season, part three

An important message from Nipmuk Cultural Preservation:

Nipmuks live on… because of you!

Dear fellow Nipmuk,

Twelve years have passed since we’ve effectively worked together toward our future. Yes, we are still here, but we need a plan to ensure that we always will be. The Nipmuk people do live on because of you and together we can do so much more!
Nipmuks from all families have joined with this common goal in mind and in heart.

Over the past year, we’ve worked together to form the Nipmuk Cultural Preservation, Inc. (NCP), a non-profit, non-political entity.

The mission of the NPC is:

• to identify sites and artifacts important to the history of Nipmuk people and to monitor their disposition.

• to acquire lands identified as significant to Nipmuk history for preservation conservation and/or limited development.

• to develop and sponsor interpretative education programs designed to strengthen the understanding of Nipmuk people.

• to maintain a historical archive of the history of the Nipmuk people and their connected communities.

Some of our immediate goals include:

• Procurement of 42 acres of land in West Brookfield MA which is underway
• Development of a Nipmuk Community Center
• Development of educational programs to benefit the Nipmuk community as well as local communities.

We are dedicated to the process of making that happen but we need your help. As we come to the end of this first year, we hope you will donate at least $10 to help launch these goals successfully. We will use these funds toward the deposit for community land in the name of all Nipmuk people, as well as on-going projects.

Right now, time is of the essence. We do not want to miss this wonderful opportunity to obtain this land. Local community leaders are on board as well as many individuals. Our community is clearly excited and eager to see this succeed. Your family can be a part of that excitement by donating whatever is best for you.

Your donation is a gift for our future … a gift that helps us to preserve our traditions for our children and grandchildren … so our future generations endure, and so others always know and respect who we are. This investment holds immeasurable value in the strengthening of the Nipmuk people.

We want to hear what your interests are as well as your suggestions. Ask questions. Find out more about the NCP on our Facebook page; even better, please join us and get involved. All Nipmuks are welcome. Everyone.

We thank you in advance for your donation. This is your future. Please make your check payable to “EAST QUABBIN LAND TRUST” with “NIPMUK” in the memo line, and mail it asap to: East Quabbin Land Trust. P.O. Box 5, 120 Ridge Road, Hardwick, MA 01037. You can also visit our Facebook page to learn more. Again, thank you in advance for your support and we wish you and yours a happy holiday season.

Warmest regards,

Nipmuk Cultural Preservation, Inc.

Fred Freeman, Chairperson
Darlene Murphy, Board Secretary
Larry Spotted Crow Mann, Board Treasurer
Lois Boyd, Board Member
Barbi Gardiner, Board Member
Keith Spirit Hawk Riley, Board Member
Cecily Selden, Board Member
Andrea Smith, Board Member
Cheryl Watching Crow Stedtler, Board Member
David TallPine White, Board Member
Ken White, Elder Advisor

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‘Tis the Season, part two

Project Mishoon is an underwater archaeological project of the Nipmuc Nation. You can read all about this fascinating project at projectmishoon.homestead.com.
To move the project further, we need donations to support the costs of research, reclaiming the mishoonash, and developing a safe location for public display.
“You can help by using Goodsearch.com whenever you search the web.  GoodSearch.com is a new search engine that donates half its revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate.  You use it just as you would any search engine, and it’s powered by Yahoo!, so you get great results.  You can also do your online shopping through Goodshop and a percentage of the sale will benefit our project.  Just go to www.goodsearch.comand be sure to enter “Mishoon” as the charity you want to support.  You can check our progress by clicking the “Amount Raised” button.”
“All funds received go directly to Project Mishoon. 100% of your donation will help fund the excavation and conservation of the dugouts, as well as a future educational facility for all ages that will spotlight these treasures.  This project is funded completely by private donations & small grants.  Your support is greatly appreciated. ”
Project Mishoon Contact Information
Nipmuc Nation                                                        Project Mishoon Director
Tribal Historic Preservation Officer                   Cheryl Stedtler
Rae Gould                                                               14 Forest Lane
25 Main Street                                                      Neshanic Station NJ 08853
South Grafton MA 01560                                  908-371-1832
rgould@nipmucnation.org                               projectmishoon@aol.com
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‘Tis the Season, part one


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DEER ISLAND MEMORIAL – Saturday – October 12, 2013

A commemoration of the forced removal of Native Peoples from South Natick to Deer Island in Boston Harbor in October 1675, during the resistance called “King Philips War”.  Also, there will be a dedication  our Memorial Bench.  Please join us as we retrace the land and water routes of the forced removal  in reverse as we carry our Ancestors back to our homelands.

8:30 AM – Blessing  from the Sachem & Words from Guests in the Circle

9:45 A.M.- Launching of the Sacred Paddlers & Canoe -Journey into Boston Harbor

3:00 PM – Greet the Sacred Paddlers at Community Rowing, 20 Nonantum Road, Brighton, MA. 

3:30 PM – Sacred Walk from Community Rowing to the Falls in South Natick (50 Eliot St., Natick, MA) via Rt. 16

4:30 pm – Memorial Ceremony at The Falls in South Natick

(All times are approximate.)

*Potluck Feast   5:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.

Sons of Italy Hall

325 Washington Street, Natick Ma


*Please bring your tasty dish to share.

For further information:

Sachem Mary Anne Hendricks 617-328-4899

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Upcoming Events in Nipmuc Country

Here is a list of events and activities created or sponsored by the various Nipmuc bands and Nipmuc individuals for the remainder of 2013.

September 7 & 8

Nipmuck Indian Council of Chaubunagungamaug

33rd Annual Nipmuck Pauwau

Lake Siog, Holland, MA

11 am to 5 pm

September 22nd

Nipmuc Nation Homecoming and Annual Meeting

Hassanamesit Reservation

Noon to 4 pm

October 12th

Deer Island Memorial Event

Deer Island

Call 617-328-4899 for more information

October 12th

Nipmuck Indian Council of Chaubunagungamaug

Harvest Moon & Potluck

Chaubunagungamaug Nipmuck Reservation, Webster, MA

1230 pm

December 14th

Nipmuck Indian Council of Chaubunagungamaug

Nikkomo & Potluck

United Church of Christ, Webster, MA

6 pm to 9 pm

December 21st

Nikkomo Celebration

Nipmuc Nation Tribal Office, Grafton,MA

Noon to 4 pm

Monthly Meetings in Nipmuc Country

Nipmuc Nation Elders Council

2nd Saturday each month

10 to 1130 am          Nipmuc Nation Tribal Office, Grafton, MA

Nipmuc Nation Tribal Council

3rd Saturday each month

11 am to 1 pm          Nipmuc Nation Tribal Office, Grafton, MA

Nipmuck Indian Council of Chaubunagungamaug

4th Saturday each month

10 am to noon         Davis Bldg, Room 101, Nichols College, Dudley, MA

Educational Opportunities

Nipmuc Language Class

3rd Sunday each month

130 pm to 3 pm       Nipmuc Nation Tribal Office, Grafton, MA

Online Nipmuc Language Class

4th Sunday each month

630 pm to 8 pm Via Go-to-Meeting

Nipmuc Language Class

2nd Tuesday of each month

7 pm to 9 pm

Class location rotates. Call 413-245-0070 for details.


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Nipmuk Family Camp Out – Lake Siog – August 9-11, 2013

All Nipmucs were invited to hangout during the day or overnight at Lake Siog in Holland, MA. One of the highlights for me was the Saturday night paddle. Led by David TallPine White, we paddled across Lake Siog, into the Quinebaug River and on to Curtis Island. Two blue herons were spotted along the way. I had never seen a blue heron before and I thought it was magnificent! We also sang a paddle song (or chant) which was an incredible experience.

Here are some of the pictures from the weekend.

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Hassanamisco Indian Fair/Nipmuc Nation Pauwau – Our 60th celebration!!

Here are some pictures from our annual pauwau held on the grounds of the Hassanamesit Reservation on July 28, 2013.

Photos by David TallPine White

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60th Annual Nipmuc Nation Pau Wau

Here is an article and video from the Worcester Telegram and Gazette about the Pauwau!



If anyone has pictures to share from the pauwau, please let us know!
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Strawberry Moon Social

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Museum Awarded Grant to Scan and Re-house Photographic Collection

The Hassanamisco Indian Museum recently received $1500 from MassHumanities to scan, inventory, save, re-house and display photographs from the Hassanamisco Archive.

An inventory of all the scanned images will be created for tribal members and researchers to access.

We’ve added a page to the museum’s website – Photographic Archive – so that everyone can enjoy these images beginning in March 2013. Rotating themes featuring the photos will be on display several months.

Occasionally, this blog will feature pictures from the archive so that readers can help identify people in the photos. We look forward to your participation!

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