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

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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, approximately 500 Christian Indians were incarcerated on the island without shelter and little supplies. Half of the prisoners perished on the island, their graves now marked by a sewage treatment plant.

The Sacred Paddle followed the route the Naticks took from Watertown (where they boarded boats for the harbor) to Deer Island. For the first time in perhaps a century or two,  three mishoonash, or dugouts, the traditional watercraft of the Nipmuc peoples, would travel down the Charles River and across Boston Harbor to Deer Island. A Penobscot War Canoe accompanied the mishoonash on the journey.

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Marcus Hendricks and Troy Philips (and part of Annawon Weeden) in one of the mishoonash on the Charles River.

I had a seat in the War Canoe. While I am certain that the fear I felt was nothing compared to my ancestors’ fears, I was pretty shaky. Once we were on the water, everything changed.

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