The 4th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival, a celebration of Native American Art, Music, and Culture, takes place on Saturday, August 5, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Unity Park Waterfront in Turners Falls.
The event is free, family friendly, fun, educational, accessible, and of interest to all ages. Performances include live traditional, original, jazz, and fusion music, a story teller, and three drum groups. There will be Native American vendors, and games, activities and crafts for children. Also featured will be primitive skills demonstrations, a books and authors section, and condensed history lessons about Great Falls. The Mashantucket-Pequot archaeology team will be on site to analyze early contact period artifacts people bring to them. Also, Tim MacSweeney, administrator of “Waking Up On Turtle Island” and expert on ancient ceremonial stone monuments in the northeast, remnants of New England’s pre-colonial native civilization. And, Lester Garvin who has a scientific method of locating ancient villages through topographical features and aerial maps. Food will be available, including Native American fare. Donations appreciated.