Full Snow Moon Gathering & Eastern Woodlands Social Dance

Full Snow Moon Gathering & Eastern Woodlands Social Dance

Co-sponsored by the Nolumbeka Project, Western Mass Rights of Nature, Greenfield Community College, Greenfield Savings Bank, River Valley Co-op and UMassFive. Supported in part by grants from the Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Leyden, Montague and Shelburne Local Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Full Snow Moon Gathering & Eastern Woodlands Social Dance

Learn and participate in Northeastern Woodlands Native social dances led by Hartman Deetz and Asa Peters, members of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe. The single file call and response dances will be taught and are easy to learn and enjoyed by people of all ages. Honored tribal guests will be Liz Coldwind Santana Kiser, Elder, Council Woman and Tribal Historical Preservation Officer for the Chaubunagungamaug Band of Nipmuck Indians and Rich Holschuh, Co-Director of Atowi Project, Citizen of Elnu Abenaki—both of whose traditional lands border the Pocumtuck Homelands. People are encouraged to bring rattles and shake out the end-of-winter cabin fever! Refreshments will be available. Handcrafted items by Hartman Deetz will be for sale and a bark basket made by Jennifer Lee will be raffled.

Hartman Deetz has been active in environmental and cultural stewardship for over 20 years. This stewardship is based on his spiritual foundation in his Native traditions that value the Earth as a living being. Hartman is a traditional artist as well as a singer and dancer, having shown his art in galleries and performed for audiences from coast to coast across the US and internationally. He is currently engaged with advocacy work for the Charles River Watershed Association advocating for the health and restoration of the Charles River and other campaigns around Native rights to access waterways.

The Nolumbeka Project is a non-profit, all-volunteer, non-tribal organization focused on honoring and celebrating Northeastern tribal heritage and modern-day presence. They create and promote educational opportunities, preservation projects, and cultural events, such as the annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival, in partnership with tribal members.

Western Mass Rights of Nature is a grassroots organization connected to the global Rights of Nature movement, working to bring about the legal and cultural change necessary to recognize the inherent right of the Connecticut River, her watershed, and the myriad of life that she supports to exist, thrive, evolve, and be restored.