7th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow America – Healing Her Spirit!
Saturday, August 11th and Sunday, August 12th, 2012 Mount Greylock (at the base of the mountain) Wirtes Farm, 45 Greylock Road , Lanesboro , MA
(Access road from Route 7 next to Vacation Village )
Grammy & Nammy Award Winner Joseph FireCrow! Nammy Award Winner, "Lord of the Strings", Arvel Bird! A Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire 2012 grant recipient! Pow Wow is happening rain or shine!Rain place - Mt. Greylock High School on Route 7, Williamstown, MA
All tickets are available at the gate.
Saturday, August 11, 10am – 7pm Grand Entry: 1:00pm
Sunday, August 12, 10am – 6pm Grand Entry: 1:00pm
It's Pow Wow time again! After seven years of celebratory dance, song, and drumming, this year's 7th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow will explode in another weekend of American Indian music, dance, education, entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, and cultural festivities fun for the whole family! The 7th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow is returning to the Berkshires this summer on Saturday, August 11th and Sunday, August 12th, 2012 and will be held at the beautiful Wirtes Farm at the base of Mt. Greylock in Lanesboro , MA
The theme of our Pow Wow this year is America – Healing Her Spirit! Pow Wows are gatherings that Native American people use as a place to meet, dance, sing, renew, strengthen and share their rich culture. Our Pow Wow features authentic American Indian dancing, drumming, and tribal regalia. Native Americans ranging in age from toddlers to elders will dance in several different styles including fancy, traditional, grass and jingle dress wearing traditional and contemporary regalia. Drum groups provide vocal and rhythmic accompaniment to the dancers.
A variety of American Indian culture is also expressed through vendor exhibits of arts, crafts, music, contemporary and traditional foods, and information on social and political issues that currently challenge local, regional and national American Indian communities.
Everyone native and non-native is welcome. In addition to watching traditional dancing there will be times when non-natives will be invited into the dance arena to share an intertribal dance. American Indian storytellers will share old native stories with the young and young at heart. American Indian vendors will sell native made arts and crafts such as native beadwork, quill work and silver. Traditional native foods such as Indian fry bread, Indian corn soup and buffalo will be available for purchase.
This year's Pow Wow will feature special performances by Grammy and Nammy Award Native American flutist Joseph FireCrow, Nammy Native American violinist and flute player Arvel Bird, the Wolf Cry Singers, an all Native American women's hand drum singing group, Danza Azteca – Aztec Dance Group and much, much more! Aaron Athey of the Mohegan Nation will once again be our Master of ceremonies A special veteran's honoring and presentation during the Grand Entry on Saturday and Sunday at 1pm will be made by the 65th Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of Pittsfield.
There will also be a traditional Native American devotion honoring the canonization of the first Native American Saint, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, Lily of the Mohawks.
Celtic Fusion recording artist Arvel Bird is known around the world for his dramatic connection between Celtic and Native American traditions, stirring up scenes that echo from North American memory. His music evokes the soul of North American history and is thoroughly entertaining, but also enlightening and humanizing. Pow Wows offer native people the opportunity to celebrate their identity and to visit and share with their friends in the greater community. This special event is about building and celebrating community and respecting the culture, history and the traditions of our First Nations People. For more information please go to healingwinds.net, call 413-443-2481 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healing Winds, the non-profit producing and host organization has been producing Pow Wows and cultural events in the fashion of a movable feast bringing public awareness and appreciation for the Mohican and Algonquin speaking tribes and nations within the bio-regional and cultural footprint of the tri-states, Massachusetts , New York and Vermont .
Healing Winds is currently involved in a research project to promote the historical significance of Route 7 as the Mohican and Algonquin Heritage Trail. It was the original footpath for trade and travel between the Mohicans and Abenakis and European English, French and the American settlers and farmers. The 7th Annual American Indian Pow Wow hopes to inspire local communities, public officials and states representatives to register Route 7 as the Mohican & Algonquin Heritage Trail to honor the history and contributions of Mohican and Algonquin people and cultures in founding early America and their contribution to contemporary America. The Legend of Chief Greylock
Mount Greylock was sacred to the Mohicans. Chief Greylock was born around 1660 in a Waronoke village, which is now the town of Westfield , MA. His native name was Wawamolewat. The Waronokes were a part of the Pocumtuck Confederacy – Mohican and Abenacki of Central Massachusetts. They were great fur trappers and hunters, in 1674 they moved to the Berkshires, north of Stockbridge Mass, then wandered north near Adams , Massachusetts and on to Schaghticoke , New York .
Chief Greylock lived in a secret cave on the slopes of Mount Greylock , where he harassed the British settlers as they moved into his domain. On May 10 - 14, 1990 rain fell for four days and nights, and then tons of rocks, earth and trees crashed down the side of Mount Greylock . In the morning a giant face appeared on the eastern slope overlooking the town of Adams Massachusetts in Berkshire County . Most people see the face of an old Indian Chief. They call him Chief Greylock. He was often called the "frowning Chief of the Waronokes", he made quite an impact on the local history of Berkshire County . His name Wawamolewat means "Sacred Ground". Once again, he stands watch over it.
As I Walk with Beauty
As I walk, as I walk
The universe is walking with me
In beauty it walks before me
In beauty it walks behind me
In beauty it walks below me
In beauty it walks above me
Beauty is on every side
As I walk, I walk with Beauty.
Traditional Navajo Prayer