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Annual Summer Moon Pow-Wow

Posted by  July 8, 2013 05:07 PM

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The Following was Submitted by the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness

The Annual Summer Moon Pow-Wow, sponsored by the Mass. Center for Native American Awareness (MCNAA), will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21, 2013.  This regional event will take place at Endicott Park, 57 Forest Street, Danvers, MA.  Gates open to the public from 11AM to 6PM. Adult admission: $5.00, Seniors & MCNAA Members: $4.00; Children (4-12 years) 3.00; Children 3 years and under: FREE.  Parking is FREE.


The pow-wow will feature:


  • Traditional pottery making by Kerri Helme of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Nation.

  • Native American Drumming & Singing by the Iron River Singers of Southeastern Massachusetts, and The Urban Thunder Singers of Greater Boston

  • An interactive dance performance by the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers of Cape Cod. They will share Eastern Songs and Social Dances that are indigenous to this region.  Dressed in hand made regalia made from deer-skin, they emphasize the old-age style of the Eastern Woodlands People of this region. With their songs accompanied by hand-crafted rattles and their dances fully narrated, the group strongly encourages audience participation. A few of the dances include: The Stomp Dance, The Alligator Dance, The Round Dance, The Duck Dance, the Mosquito Dance, and The Rabbit Dance. This presentation is an opportunity for our audience to experience dances that are indigenous to the Native Peoples of this area.  (Saturday only)

  • Triple Tribal – a cappella woman’s singing – Native songs    (Sunday only)

  • An Educational Workshop by Claudia Fox Tree, M.Ed. – Arawak (Yurumein).  An interactive conversation about Native American identity, culture, and history with professional educator Claudia Fox Tree. Learn about assumptions that perpetuate stereotypes and myths. Expand ideas about Native American history and role-models. Begin to explore the role of language and the power you have to change inaccurate stories about the First People of this land. The interactive workshop is geared toward adults and upper-grade students and will be offered around 11:30 AM.

  • Native American Flute Songs by Fred Javonis Pedro of the Lumbee Nation of North Carolina

The Pow-wow will also include:


Eco-friendly Craft making with Loril Moondream and Peter White Fox. 

  • Erecting a tipi - One of the cultural educational components of the event is the set-up of a Native dwelling. Visitors will be invited inside a tipi to learn about this Plains style home. The tipi is a dwelling for transient people like the Plains Indians. The framework is arranged in a cone shape. It is purposely asymmetrical. The covering is made of canvas but years ago it was made from buffalo hide. Stop by and talk to Loril and Peter about the dwelling and ask questions.

  • Native Games – these are self-directed Native games set up around the tipi throughout the day.

  • Native American Dancing. The public is always welcomed to share in the inter-tribal dances that are held in the Circle.  Additionally, there will be dance-style demonstrations for the public to sit back and watch and admire.  Some of the dances include lady’s fancy shawl dance, jingle dress dance, grass dance, crow hop, lady’s traditional dance, men’s fancy dance, men’s traditional dance, and the Eastern Blanket Dance.

  • Arts and Crafts for sale.  Some of the crafts and items that will be on sale this weekend include: Wampum jewelry, Beaded jewelry, Silver & turquoise jewelry, Furs, Stones, Wall paintings, Leather goods, Native-themed Clothing & Hats, Musical Instruments, Baskets, Rattles, Blankets, books, craft supplies, and so much more.

  • Traditional Native foods for sale. Foods will be offered by “Then and Now Native Food”. Their menu will include pow wow tacos, skinny taco (a smaller version of our powwow taco , made with a corn tortilla),  vegetarian tacos, buffalo burgers, corn soup, fry bread, succotash, rez steak, salmon, and other dishes.  They will also offer American fare - a Low Country taco, (a fry bread topped with BBQ pulled pork and cheese),  hot dogs, chili dogs, hamburgers, French fries, fruit smoothies, fruit cups, icies, soda, water, lemonade, iced tea, coffee, etc.

  • A Native Resource Table.   A table will be set up by the Mass. Center for Native American Awareness.  It will include event flyers, newsletters, membership applications, and a variety of information that might be of value and interest to our attendees.

Listen to the emcee –He will give all of the information you need about the program and it’s activities.  He will educate and make you aware of some of the Native traditions as it relates to this event.

It is our hope that you will come and enjoy the pow-wow. When in doubt about what to do, always ask the emcee or the organizers. With MCNAA pow-wows, we are always glad to help.

If further information is needed about the pow-wow, the program, or our organization, please call or e-mail the Mass. Center for Native American Awareness at 617-642-1683 -   Or visit our website at

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Danvers Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

The Pow-wow is Open to the Public!                               No Dogs Please.

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