Monday, September 14, 2015

Hello Everyone,

Now that our biggest public event, the Pocumtuck Homelands Festival, is over we continue the work of the Nolumbeka Project in multiple ways.

First, I'd like to call your attention to the event hosted by the Battlefield Grant Advisory Board coming up this Saturday, September 19, at the Turners Falls High School.

Nolumbeka Project Board Members David Brule, Howard Clark and Joe Graveline have been active participants in this exciting project unfolding at the Great Falls. 

You can read about it in an excellent article, "A fair understanding: mapping the Battle of Great Falls" by Aviva Luttrell @ the Greenfield Recorder ( Click to read).  This promises to be an interesting and informative meeting.

I​n addition to the event on Saturday we will be at the North Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival on September 26 - 27. We're bringing a raffle of items generously donated to us by the festival vendors.

Also, mark your calendars now for the annual Beaver Moon Gathering on November 21. We will keep you posted about these events and others that will likely come up.

As summer comes to a close, the Wissatinnewag circle gardens are flourishing under the care of Brent Pitcher. The crops include a traditional three sisters garden, ceremonial tobacco and white sage. Historical research is continuing and a team has been out in the field monitoring sites that may be culturally significant to the Natives in an effort to document and protect them.

In addition, we find ourselves busy with day to day organizational tasks such as maintaining the data base, paying bills, and trying to manifest ideas to keep the non-profit afloat financially.

As always your past, current and future help in this valuable work is appreciated.
Diane Dix, for the Nolumbeka Project Board

Look for our table there!