Autumnal Equinox

My last post on Facebook wished my friends a “Happy, happy Equinox”. One friend’s comment asked “What does that mean?” It’s now a few days past the equinox but here goes….

Very simply put, an equinox occurs when the center of the sun appears directly above the Earth’s equator. This happens twice yearly, in March and September. Some say that during an equinox the length of the day equals the length of the night. That’s not quite true, the equalization of day and night usually occurs a few days before the Spring Equinox and a few days after the Fall Equinox. After the Fall Equinox, the days become shorter until Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year.                               blog_pics_003                                                   The moon on 9/23/2010

This year, the Autumnal Equinox coincided with a full moon, displaying in all its glory, a true Harvest Moon. This heavenly event happened last in 1991 and won’t again until 2029. In days past, the Fall Equinox signaled a time of harvest and preparation for winter. For others, it was and is a time of reflection, rest, and transition after the busy seasons of Spring and Summer.


2010 Deer Island Memorial

Information courtesy of Pam Ellis, Natick Nipmuc Tribal Council

2010 Deer Island Memorial

Friday, October 29, 2010 & Saturday, October 30,  2010

October 30, 1675 marked the forced removal of American Indians from what is now South Natick to Deer Island in Boston Harbor, roughly two months after  the outbreak of what the English called “King Philip’s War. “ Without  adequate food, clothing, shelter or medicine, the majority of the people, mostly  women, children, and elders, perished during their imprisonment.

Some survived to return to Natick and the other Praying Towns and joined their relations who had fought and survived the military engagements of the war. Through this Memorial, we honor the sacrifice and survival of all of our ancestors.

Please feel free to join the program at any point along the way.

Friday, October 29, 2010


Sunset to

4:00 am Fasting, Prayer, Pipe Ceremony, Spirit Fire @ Hassanamisco Nipmuc Reservation , Grafton, MA


5:00 pm Spirit Fire

6:00 pm Prayer Circle and Pipe Ceremony conducted by Chief Natachaman, Walter Vickers


Donations of firewood and bottled water gratefully accepted. Please bring a chair and blanket. The fast will begin Friday at First Light – some will end the fast at First Light on Saturday. Others will continue to fast until the Community Meal at the Potluck Feast.

Saturday, October 30, 2010


5:00 am – 1:30 pm Sacred Run and Paddle


5:00 am Sacred Run from the Falls at S. Natick to Watertown boat ramp on Charles River Road


 The Sacred Run is twelve miles and will proceed along Route 16 to the boat ramp in Watertown on Charles River Road. Runners must provide their own transportation from Watertown.


8:00 am Sacred Paddle from Watertown to Deer Island


 The Sacred Paddle will proceed down the Charles River and through the Inner Harbor to Deer Island. Paddlers must provide their own canoes or kayaks and transportation from Deer Island.


1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Deer Island Prayer Circle and Pipe Ceremony


4:00 pm – 10:00 pm Potluck Feast & Social

Host Drum: Quabbin Lake Singers (Nipmuc)

MC: Larry Spotted Crow Mann (Nipmuc)

Location: Natick Elks, 99 Speen St., Natick MA 01760

 Please bring a potluck dish to share.




Hampton Inn

319 Speen Street

Natick, MA 01760

(508) 653-5000;jsessionid=S1IXEW4XRFR2WCSGBJT3EWQ?ctyhocn=BOSNTHX&WT.mc_id=1HX2RE3Hotel4OneTagSol 


Red Roof Inn

650 Cochituate Road

Framingham, MA 01701

(508) 872-4499


1350 Worcster Road

Rt 9

Natick, MA 01760

(508) 655-2222

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