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 Boston Harbor in October 1675 through the Sacred Run & Paddle of the 2010 Deer Island Memorial last October. 1030101646
These Sacred Paddlers and Runner will show photographs of their journey that included mishoonash, our traditional dugout canoes and will discuss their experiences as part of this sacred journey. This was the first time in over 200 years that mishoonash traveled down the Charles River. The panel will also be joined by Robbie Thorpe, the youngest Sacred Paddler to complete the journey.

Pizza and soft drinks will be provided.
Please RSVP to speen1651@aol.com


May 21st, 1 to 4 pm

Hassanamesit Reservation

New Year and Planting Moon Celebration

Please bring a dish to share.


June 4th & 5th

Nipmuc Nation Tribal Office

Nipmuc Art Exhibit


June 11th, All day

Lancaster River Festival

Sponsored by Lancaster Friends of the Nashua River

Details to follow


July 31st, 10 am to 4 pm

Hassanamesit Reservation

58th Annual Indian Fair


August 13th, 12 pm until …

Westville Lake, Sturbridge, MA

2011 Vickers Reunion


September 19th, 12 pm to 4 pm

Hassanamesit Reservation

15th Annual Nipmuc Homecoming Celebration

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.

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