Planting Moon/New Year Ceremony, Hassanamesit, 1 pm to 4 pm
May 5th & 6th
Nipmuc Spiritual Gathering, Hassanamesit, 4 pm to 4pm
Strawberry Moon, Hassanamesit, 1 pm to 4 pm, Quarterly Tribal Meeting at noon
Hassanamisco Indian Fair, Hassanamesit, 10 am to 4 pm
Nipmuc Nation Annual Meeting/Election, Hassanamesit, Noon to 4 pm
Nov 24 & 25
Nipmuc Spiritual Gathering, Hassanamesit, 4 pm to 4 pm
Nikkomo, Tribal Office, 1 pm to 4 pm, Quarterly meeting at noon
Quarterly meeting, Tribal Office, 12 pm to 4 pm
Before I start this post, let me say straight out. There is no nefarious plot to combine the bands, change the spelling of Nipmuc Nation, or overthrow the current administration. OK?
That being said, we accomplished alot in the working together column.
- In April, the Natick Nipmuc Band presented at the Nipmuc Nation tribal office “2010 Deer Island Memorial Sacred Run & Paddle: Nipmuc Perspectives on the Sacred Journey.”
- The Second Annual Joint Strawberry Moon between Nipmuc Nation and Chaubunagungamaug Band of Nipmuck Indians was held at the Nipmuc Nation Tribal Office in June.
- Chaubunagungamaug Band members assisted during the 58th Hassanamisco Indian Fair in July on the Reservation.
- Members of the Natick Nipmuc Band and the Chaubunagungamaug Band as well as many other Nipmuks were in attendance at the Fair.
- The first Nipmuk meeting was held in August at Westville Lake in Sturbridge. The Nipmuk meetings are intended to promote cooperation between band members and those Nipmuks not enrolled in a band in the hope of building our futures together.
- Members of the Nipmuc Nation assisted at the Chaubunagungamaug Band’s September Pau Wau at Holland Pond.
- The September Pau Wau was well attended by Natick Nipmucs, Hassanamiscos and other Nipmuks. Honestly, one of the best pau waus I’ve ever attended.
- Natick Nipmuc Youth leader actively led Hassanamisco youth on paddles, to conferences, summer camp and other activities.
- The three Nipmuk bands joined forces on a state-government issue.
- Natick Nipmucs and Hassanamisco Nipmucs jointly attended the first Youth Paddle at Lake Quiusigamond.
- Nipmuks from everywhere attended or assisted at the Natick Nipmuc 2011 Deer Island Memorial.
- The first (in many years) Nipmuc Spiritual Gathering was held on the reservation over two days in November. Nipmuks from everywhere actively participated.
- Members of Natick Nipmuc and Nipmuc Nation jointly presented Nipmuk history in Littleton, MA.
- All Nipmuks freely attended the various socials hosted by Hassanamisco and Chaubunagungamaug including Strawberry Moon, Nikkomo, and Harvest Moon.
So this is a beginning.
At 12:00 am this morning, my grandsons and I blew into our noise-makers and jumped up and down. We had a party in my living room to welcome the year 2012. I rushed them outside to try and catch the firework display with our binoculars and telescopes but there didn’t seem to be one. We came back in, ate some more, drank some more, called and sent text messages to our loved ones. They finally settled down just before 2 am and to sleep we all went.
And so goes our calendar New Year celebration every year. But for us, the real beginning of the year comes when the seasons shift, the air warms, and green begins to return to our yard.
New Year in Nipmuc Country begins with Spring planting time. The exact date varies from year to year. The Nipmuc Nation will celebrate the New Year at our Planting Moon celebration on Saturday, May 5th at Hassanamesit. Won’t you join us?