Native American culture and history will be celebrated during Old Sturbridge Village's Native American Weekend to be held on March 29 and 30. The event will include demonstrations, performances, and talks by some of New England's foremost experts in Native American food, music, and crafts throughout the weekend. Kids also get in free during Native American Weekend when accompanied by one adult paying full-priced admission. Full details on the many activities and performances are available at www.osv.org.
During Native American Weekend, noted Nipmuck flute maker Hawk Henries will demonstrate flute-making and play music on a variety of traditional hand-made Eastern Woodlands flutes. "Indian Doctress" Molly Geet will present Algonkian Indian stories and will share the facts and folklore behind native plants. Jeff and Judy Kalin of Primitive Technologies will make Native American tools and demonstrate primitive cooking techniques over an open fire. Hands-on crafts, activities, and demonstrations with a Native American theme will be offered throughout the weekend.
Hawk Henries is a member of the northeastern Algonquin tribe called Nipmuck, a people indigenous to what is now southern New England. He has been composing original music and making Eastern Woodlands flutes for more than 20 years and has performed at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and in England with the London Mozart Players. Henries is one of only a handful of flute makers who still make flutes without the use of electricity, using only hand tools and fire.
The "Indian Doctress" Molly Geet will be portrayed by Dr. Marge Bruchac throughout the weekend. Dr. Bruchac, a Native American expert of Abenaki Indian descent, is a scholar, performer, and traditional Native singer and storyteller specializing in the traditions of northeastern Native American Indian peoples from the Colonial era to the present. In character as Molly Geet, she will tell Native American maple sugaring stories and lead a "Walk with the Indian Doctress" around Old Sturbridge Village, sharing facts and folklore about native plants.
Jeff and Judy Kalin, of Primitive Technologies, will present Native American foodways, tool making, and tool use on Sunday, March 30. Primitive Technologies founding director Jeff Kalin is skilled in all aspects of Native American indigenous arts, including wood-fired replica pottery handmade from river clay. Kalin is an expert in Clovis point replication and other stone tools, and will demonstrate "flint knapping" - using ancient techniques to make arrow points, knives, and spearheads. Judy Kalin specializes in Native American foodways in the time before contact with European settlers. She will demonstrate cooking over an open fire using authentic clay vessels, making clay-baked fish, tea, and a vegetable stew made of corn, beans, squash, and wild roots. According to Kalin, Native Americans relied on corn, beans, and squash, which grow so well together they are sometimes called the "three sisters."
Full details of the weekend's schedule are available at www.osv.org.
Old Sturbridge Village is one of the largest living history museums in the nation, celebrating life in early New England from 1790 to 1840. Located just off the Massachusetts Turnpike and Routes I-84 and 20 in Sturbridge, Mass., OSV is open year-round, but days and hours vary seasonally. The Village offers lodging at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges and several dining options on-site. Through March 31, the Village is open Tuesday through Sunday 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. From April 1 through October 31, the Village is open daily from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $24; seniors $22; children 3-17: $8; children 2 and under: free. Admission includes free parking and a free second-day visit within 10 days. OSV members receive free daytime admission all year long. For more details, visit www.osv.org or call 800-SEE-1830.
Photo 1: Dr. Marge Bruchac will portray the "Indian Doctress" Molly Geet throughout Native American Weekend at Old Sturbridge Village March 29-30. Dr. Bruchac, a Native American expert of Abenaki Indian descent, is a scholar, performer, and traditional Native singer and storyteller specializing in the traditions of northeastern Native American Indian peoples from the Colonial era to the present. Credit: John Ferrarone
Photo 2: Noted Nipmuck flute maker and musician Hawk Henries will demonstrate flute-making and play music on a variety of traditional hand-made Eastern Woodlands flutes at Old Sturbridge Village during Native American Weekend March 29-30. Credit: Courtesy of Hawk Henries