Upcoming Event: Deer Island Memorial, October 9, 2016

Natick Nipmuc Indian Council

DEER ISLAND MEMORIAL

2016 SACRED PADDLE and WALK

Sunday, October 9, 2016

All are invited for a Day of Remembrance in memory of the Native peoples forcibly removed in October 1675 from South Natick and the other “Praying Towns” in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and imprisoned on Deer Island in Boston Harbor, during the resistance known as King Phillip’s War. The few who survived returned to their aboriginal homelands to rebuild their lives and tribal nations. We remember the ancestors’ sacrifice and survival through ceremony on Deer Island, a Sacred Paddle through Boston Harbor up the Charles River and a walk from Brighton to Natick. The day ends with a final ceremony at the falls in South Natick followed with a Potluck Feast and Social.

Schedule:

9:00 AM         Opening Ceremony at Deer Island, 190 Tafts Avenue, Winthrop, MA

10:00 AM       Sacred Paddle departs from Deer Island

11:00 AM       Sacred Walkers depart from Community Rowing, 20 Nonantum Rd. Brighton

1:30 PM          Sacred Paddle arrives at Community Rowing, 20 Nonantum Rd. Brighton (Time is approximate)

3:00 PM          Sacred Walkers & Runners arrive in S. Natick

3:00 PM          Closing Ceremony at the falls in South Natick, 58 Eliot St., Natick, MA

4:00 PM          Potluck Feast and Social at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, ​39 E Central St, Natick, MA 01760

Note: People interested in participating and/or supporting the walkers; and people interested in assisting with set up of meal please contact Kristen.

Please join us at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies; and to welcome the paddlers as they arrive in Brighton, and the walkers as they arrive in S. Natick.

For additional information please contact Kristen Wyman

Special thanks to the folks at Gedakina; Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Councilman, Bobby Foster; Nipmuk Nashaounk, Inc. and our awesome paddlers, walkers and volunteers!!