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It's OFFICIAL: No Bedford V.A. Powwow this year!
With all that's been going on this year, the leadership at the V.A. has decided to lean toward caution and not put the community at risk more than necessary. Please let us know if you have any questions or if you need to speak with any of our council members regarding this.
We look forward to renewing our longstanding relationship with the V.A. next year!
Keep an eye out for updates regarding our Mid-Winter Powwow in January...as soon as we have a firm yes or no, we'll get the word out!!!
As some may have already heard, Chief Frank Sitting Bear Greenhalgh, crossed over last Friday.
Frank Sitting Bear Greenhalgh was Abenaki and his people settled from the Merrimack to the St. Lawrence River areas. An active and respected member of the Greater Lowell Indian Cultural Association for 45+ years in which he served as a council member for many of them. Most notably 9 years as War Chief and 16 Years as Chief. He promoted the traditions and culture of the Eastern Woodland Natives.
Frank was brought up with his culture his entire life, learning the music, customs, traditions, and crafts. He shared that with others, native and non-native alike.
A historian of the native people in Lowell and surrounding communities, he performed talks including but not limited to:
Lowell High School
Middlesex Community College
Boy Scout Troops in Lowell and Hudson, Ma
Libraries: Lowell and Dunstable
Peabody Essex Museum
Historical Societies: Phillips Academy, Billerica, & Chelmsford
He took part in the Lowell Folk Festival for many years in the 1980’s to early 1990’s and worked closely with Mehmed Ali and the Mogan Cultural Center on their longest running exhibit at the time, “We Are Still Here”, which ran from May to October 2004.
He was a key speaker on cultural diversity at the Bedford VA National Conference and Powwow and a devepoler of the Native American exhibit at the Tsongas Center, Lowell, MA.
He was a past member of the Board of Directors for the Mount Kearsage Indian Museum, Warner, NH and contributed many personally made and donated hand-crafted items, which are still on display at the museum.
He published the book; How Grandfather Got the Blue Corn and was an active member of the Friends of the Forest, which promoted passive recreation and education to the Lowell, Dracut, Tyngsborough State Forest.
For those who would like to attend his ceremony and spreading of his ashes, it is being held this Saturday, August 22nd at 1pm. Please message and/or contact our current chief Tom Libby, council member Kodah Ashe, or anyone in the family if you plan on attending.
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washingtonpost.com At a dedication ceremony Wednesday, Nebraska leaders remembered the Ponca chief whose landmark court case established that Native Americans were, in fact, people.
Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital -Bedford VA
37th Annual Bedford VA Powwow is September 21-22!
This FREE family event is located on the hospital grounds, 200 Springs Road, Bedford MA and gives you an opportunity to dance, hear native drumming and singing! Open to the publiv, Camping is encouraged! Bring the family to this cultural event!
For more infoprmation call Tom Eagle Rising Libby, Chief 978-551-2203 or [email protected]
Honoring Native American Heritage
wtkr.com Almost 200 years after the Cherokee tribe lived in DeKalb County, archaeologists and Cherokee scholars have transcribed the writings they left behind in a cave, uncovering secrets and a rich history.
pbs.org Much has been said about the inspiration of the ancient Iroquois “Great League of Peace” in planting the seeds that led to the formation of the United States of America and its representative democracy.
newscentermaine.com The Penobscot people lived on Marsh Island in Orono and Old Town, where the University of Maine currently sits.
bbc.com The Last of the Mohicans actor is the first Native American actor to be honoured with an Oscar.
Native Wisdom, Prayers And Vision
We would like to take a minute to thank all of those who attended our 28th Annual Mid-Winter Powwow at the Bedford VA Hospital last Saturday. Even with an impending storm the powwow was attended by a lot of people. Most importantly, the veterans that live there on a permanent basis, who were treated to an event that really makes their winter a bit more bearable.
A special thank you the Bedford VA and their staff, our host drum - Black Thunder Singers, our two guest drums - Split Feather Singers and Black Stone Valley Singers, and our Master of Ceremonies - Ernie Proper, all of which make this event not only possible, but great!
Thank you all again!! We look forward to seeing everyone in September for our 2-day, out door, 37th Annual Powwow. (September 21st & 22nd)
A big thank you to L.L.Bean, a sponsor of our 36th Annual Bedford Hospital VA Powwow last weekend!
Thank you to everyone who attended!
We are posting this comment here on our page in response to a recent development regarding our Powwow this weekend at the Bedford V.A. Hospital. We’ve had an unfortunate and difficult decision to make regarding a past council member. As a council, we decided through a vote, that this past council member should not be at this event. We called this person and informed them of that decision. The details and circumstances as to why the council decided this should not and will not be made public through Facebook or any other social media. We chose to keep this internal and hope that those reading this understand that airing that information would be disrespectful. Those who know us, know this would have to be a substantial issue for us to make this type of decision. We sincerely hope that those who have supported us in the past will continue to do so.
At this time, this will be our only comment on the matter. We do not plan to make any future comments on this topic regardless of the "likes", "comments", or other social media rants.
We thank everyone that supports us and we hope to see you all this weekend!!
Interesting Natives once called it "white mans foot".
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We will be having a new vendor at Bedford please check out her page.
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A few lady slippers in the forest.
A few photos from the Dracut / Tyngsboro state forest yesterday
Here is our March & April Newsletter, go check it out!
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More photos from mid winter pow wow JAN 20TH 2018
Photos from Greater Lowell Indian Cultural Association's post
Black Thunder Singers
Today at mid-winter Pow Wow
27th annual midwinter Pow Wow
G.L.I.C.A. in attedance for a multi cultural event for Enterprise Bank
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