Upcoming Events in Nipmuc Country

April 27th, 6 to 8 pm Nipmuc Nation Tribal Office 2010 DEER ISLAND MEMORIAL SACRED RUN & PADDLE: NIPMUC PERSPECTIVES ON THE SACRED JOURNEY Nipmuc Sacred Paddlers Pam Ellis, Cheryll Toney Holley, and Troy Phillips and Mashpee Wampanoag/Nipmuc Sacred Runner and Paddler Marcus Hendricks traced the complete land and water route of the forced removal of our ancestors from S. Natick to Deer Island in … Continue reading Upcoming Events in Nipmuc Country

Empowering Our Elders – Free Workshop on Healthcare Issues

Free Informational Workshop How to Detect, Protect and Report Healthcare Errors, Fraud and Abuse  Healthcare errors cost billions of dollars annually. Become an educated healthcare consumer and protect yourself and your loved ones against Medicare fraud and deceptive marketing tactics. Nipmuc Nation Tribal Council Office 25 Main Street Grafton, MA Tuesday, January 18, 2011 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Consumer awareness and action safeguards Medicare … Continue reading Empowering Our Elders – Free Workshop on Healthcare Issues

Cisco Homestead Restoration is Underway!

By – D. Rae Gould, Ph.D, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Nipmuc Nation This fall the restoration of the Cisco Homestead on the Hassanamisco Reservation in Grafton began. This work has been made possible through a generous Community Preservation grant through the Town of Grafton CPC (Community Preservation Commission) and state Community Preservation Act funds. The current work is a first-phase stabilization of the building that … Continue reading Cisco Homestead Restoration is Underway!

Sacred Paddle, October 30, 2010 (Part 1)

The Sacred Paddle was part of this year’s annual Deer Island Memorial. Organized by the Natick Nipmuc Council, each year there are activities to commemorate the forced removal of Native people from their homes to an internment camp on Deer Island. This happened on October 30, 1675 to the residents of the Natick Praying Plantation. Natives living in other English-style towns soon followed. All told, … Continue reading Sacred Paddle, October 30, 2010 (Part 1)

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 … Continue reading Autumnal Equinox

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 … Continue reading 2010 Deer Island Memorial

Homestead Restoration To Start August 2010

Built in 1801 for Hassanamisco Nipmuc Lucy Gimby, the Cisco Homestead serves as the largest artifact in the Museum’s material culture collection. It also housed the rest of the Museum’s collection from 1962 until the building closed for repairs in 2006. Stabilization of the structure will begin after this year’s Indian Fair on the Hassanamesit Reservation (Rez) (Sunday, July 25th!!!). Plans for restoration include returning … Continue reading Homestead Restoration To Start August 2010