"If you look into the eyes of a young child, you're going to see the ancestors of the last seven generations looking back at you. Seeing that, you need to understand that we are here today because of the prayers and the mindfulness and the choices and actions of the past seven generations. If you then look away and look quickly back, you'll see the eyes of the yet unborn. Seeing that, you'll be reminded that we need to be mindful, respectful and accountable to the next seven generations, that our prayers need to go out to them."
--- Joe Graveline, from his opening remarks at the Beaver Moon Gathering
|Graveline and HIggiins Open Gathering (Photo by Skye Wellington)|
On Saturday, November 16, 200 people from across the region came together to enjoy an array of Native American music, educational activities, food and crafts at the Beaver Moon Gathering organized by the Nolumbeka Project. Beginning with the opening words and music of Nolumbeka Project President, Joe Graveline and Native American flute virtuoso Barry Higgins, the program included performances by Strong Oak and the Visioning B.E.A.R. Drum Singers, and the Medicine Mammal Singers. As well as the two children's craft activities presented by MoonDream, Neill Bovaird of Wolf Tree Program demonstrated stone tool making and firemaking to interested children and adults during the course of the day. A number of vendors and exhibitors including French/Iroquis artist Neil Dargis and Seneca potter David Pinkham displayed their arts and information.
As well as presenting an exhibit of Native American 3 Sisters Gardening and sharing some of his own jewelry as raffle gifts, Nolumbeka Project's Howard Clark made available binders of information he had collected on the history of the controversy surrounding White Ash Swamp, the ten ace parcel in Greenfield that NP is seeking to protect. (This information is now available at the Greenfield Public Library.)
|Strong Oak and Visioning B.E.A.R. (Photo by John Furbish)|
(You will find many more photos of the event, artwork, raffle items etc., and a list of raffle winners and gifts on our Facebook Page)