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UMass Boston Cosponsors Boston Harbor Islands 2012 Native American Festival

Office of Communications | July 18, 2012
Scene from last year's Native American Festival.

UMass Boston's Institute for New England Native American Studies is cosponsoring the Boston Harbor Islands Native American Festival on Sunday, July 22, on Peddocks Island.

The Native American Festival celebrates connections between native peoples along the rivers and coastline of the Massachusetts Bay region.

The festival, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., is free. Attendees should plan to bring chairs or blankets, and picnic lunches.

The festival focuses on connecting the traditions, histories, and contemporary lives of Native Americans to the Boston Harbor Islands. Peddocks Island will be filled with the harmony of Native women singing traditional and contemporary songs along with the beat of the drum as regional Native performers, educators, and community members gather to commemorate the Native history of the Boston Harbor Islands and celebrate ongoing Native persistence of the peoples who called the area of the islands home.

Join the Nettukkusqk Singers, Urban Thunder Drum, and Native educators from the Wampanoag Indigenous Program of Plimoth Plantation, and author Larry Mann as they provide examples of the best of contemporary and traditional New England Native people’s song, storytelling, and educational exhibits.

The Wampanoag Indigenous Program of Plimoth Plantation will have several staff present providing demonstrations on Native style weaving, Native culture related to the marine environment, and children’s games. These museum professionals educate thousands of visitors a year about 17th century and contemporary Wampanoag culture.

This event is cosponsored by National Park Service, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Boston Harbor Island Alliance, UMass Boston’s Institute for New England Native American Studies, and the Wampanoag Indigenous Program of Plimoth Plantation.

For more information and directions, go to the Boston Harbor Islands website.

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