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This Saturday and Sunday! The Annual Nipmuck Pow Wow!

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Hi, my name is Dave Cherokee Spirit Hawk. How are you?

I’m writing in sincere reference to the upcoming Pow Wow & Ceremony Event September 10 and 11, from 12 pm sharp to 4:30 pm.

It’s the Annual Nipmuck Pow Wow at Lake Siog Park, Dodge Hill Road, Holland, MA.

I would cordially and most humbly invite all peoples to this wonderful annual event.

To include singing, dancing, drumming and events organized for children.

There will be a varied assortment of vendors who will provide wondrous varied merchandise ranging from:

jewelry

crafts

clothing

art

musical items

mineral stones

herbs

and some diversified merchandise of many sorts…

It is a great time and a great place for just even a day out with the family or even alone time to wind-down.

There is open swimming at the Lake.

It is strongly advised to bring your own seating and cover/shade from the elements.

It is also required that guests bring lots of water and food for the day.

There are picnic areas and barbeque posts in the area and camping is available for those wanting the full experience outdoors. However, there is also a vendor who provides a grill for fast food service.

I look forward to meeting everyone and will be available for any concerns or information I can provide.

As a member of The Cherokee, Lumbee and Seminole Nations: A-li-he-li-see-da-se-dee. In English: I welcome you all.

Thank you for your time and patience. I look forward to seeing you there.

Sincerely,

Dave C Spirit Hawk

Clark U parked in Yum Yums …

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Ned Blackhawk

April 15: Clark U. President’s lecture to focus on genocide of Native Americans

Clark University will host Yale University professor Ned Blackhawk for a President’s Lecture, “Colonial Genocide in Native North America: Varying Methods and Approaches,” on Friday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Razzo Hall in the Traina Center for the Arts, 92 Downing St.

This free, public lecture serves as the keynote address for a weekend symposium, “Indigenous Identity and Mass Violence in North America: Genocide of Native Americans?” organized and sponsored by Clark’s Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Professor Blackhawk is a member of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada. He is currently a professor of History and American Studies at Yale University where he coordinates the Yale Group for the Study of Native America.

Blackhawk is author of “Violence over the Land: Indians and Empires in the early American West” (Harvard, 2006), a study of the American Great Basin that garnered half a dozen professional prizes including the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize from the Organization of American Historians.

Professor Blackhawk’s address will examine approaches to the study of genocide in Native North America. In it, he will chart the increased attention to indigenous genocide in Canadian history, and explore the reasons for the ongoing erasure of the subject in the study of U.S. history.

This lecture is sponsored by a generous gift from Clark alumnae Ellen Carno and Neil Leifer and is offered as part of the President’s Lecture Series.

The changing meaning of Thanksgiving

By Gordon Davis

Like everything else, Thanksgiving changes; nothing on Earth stays the same forever.

The traditional history of Thanksgiving is that of the English Pilgrims migrating to America and landing at Plymouth on December 11, 1621. During that winter the Pilgrims or Puritans lost 46 of their party of 102. The others would have perished, too, if the Native Indians did not have pity on them. They provided the Puritans with corn and other food stuffs.  With the help of the Native Indians, the Puritans learned to farm and had a bountiful harvest in 1622. There was a celebration of bounty that Fall.

In 1676 Thanksgiving changed. Charlestown, Massachusetts proclaimed a Thanksgiving for the victory over the “heathen” Indians. This was the end of the King Phillip War in which the town of Quinsigamond, now know as Worcester, was burned to the ground. The Colonialists from Massachusetts and Connecticut killed most of the Native Indian children at Turner Falls in Massachusetts.

The Revolutionary War found Thanksgiving changing once again. This time in October 1777 there was celebration of the Colonialists’ victory over the Imperialist British at the Battle of Saratoga. All 13 Colonies participated.

George Washington proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1789. Abraham Lincoln set the last Thursday of November as the date of celebration for the good fortune of the American Civil War. It was proclaimed to be a legal holiday in 1941 by Congress as the United States was entering World War II.

Besides the traditional and sometimes religious celebrations there is a new meaning: the Day of Mourning for the Native Indians who died due to imperialism and colonialism. This view of Thanksgiving is gaining acceptance, especially among the young.

When I think of Thanksgiving this year I think of my two friends Claire  and Scott Schaefer Duffy who have taken a vow of poverty. They live on less than $6,000 a year. Although they have their wants, as we all do, they live a good life. They make do by not living extravagantly and by socialization of needs. Essentially, they do without or they share resources with others.

Today might be the time for all of us to do the same. Conspicuous consumption has led to the development of a world economy that creates poverty, war, disruptions and the destructive forces of global warming and climate changes. There is a need to reduce our standard of living. Some of us will have to share a car or get on a bus. We will have to eat more locally grown food. We will have to share our work.

The point of no return might have already been passed in terms of climate change. When the ice of the polar caps melts, the temperature of the oceans will increase more rapidly than most of us can image.

This Thanksgiving I will be thankful to all of the people who have rejected the temptations of the profit-driven economy and conspicuous spending to live a life where human resources are more valuable than that which glitters. I am thankful for having a family and friends.

I will be thankful for being able to still write these words.