Wednesday, November 21, 2012

First People of This Land

       On Sunday, November 18, 2012 I went to the 22nd annual National Native American Heritage Day Pow-Wow which was held at Bridgewater State University. This was a regional celebration of tribes of the Wampanoag Nation and the Nipmuc Nation which are both from Massachusetts.

     This event included a day of drumming, singing and intertribal dancing. The dancers were dressed in hand made regalia and were stunningly beautiful as you can see in all of my photographs. The songs were accompanied by hand-crafted rattles and drums. There was also many vendors selling beautiful Native arts and crafts, clothes, books, jewelry, etc. Also available was traditional Native American food.

     Watching these beautiful and proud people celebrate in this way was an incredible experience not only for me but for my young niece and nephew who was also there. The drummers, singers and dancers were magnificent and so enjoyable to see and hear. I was honored to speak with many of the dancers and vendors.

     This event was sponsored by the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness, Inc. and The U.S. Ethnic Studies and the Office of Institutional Diversity at Bridgewater State University.

     If you get a chance to go to a Pow-Wow I highly recommend going to learn more about the culture of the first people of this land. I know I can't wait to go to the next one.

Peace and Love,