Native American Weekend at Old Sturbridge Village March 2-3

Friday, February 22, 2013

Nipmuck flute maker and musician Hawk Henries;

Algonkian storytelling and winter fashions with Indian Doctress Molly Geet;

Native American food and craft demonstrations

(STURBRIDGE, MA) - Feb. 22, 2013: Some of New England's most noted authorities on Native American folkways, food, music, and crafts will gather at Old Sturbridge Village March 2-3 for the museum's first annual 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 Wooden Snowshoes and Fur Mittens: Algonkian Winter Fashions. She will also 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 and games with a Native American theme will be offered all weekend. Details: 800-SEE-1830;

Hawk Henries

A member of the Chaubunagungamaug band of Nipmuck, a people indigenous to what is now Southern New England, Hawk Henries has been composing original music and making Eastern Woodlands flutes for more than 22 years. He 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. His original recordings include Keeping the Fire and Voices, and his music is featured on the compilation recording Tribal Winds. 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. This allows for a slow, deliberate approach, and each flute is created with its own unique shape, sound and purpose.

"Indian Doctress" Molly Geet

The "Indian Doctress" Molly Geet is portrayed by Marge Bruchac, a Native American expert of Abenaki Indian descent. She and 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. Bruchac draws from historical anecdotes, traditional Native stories, songs and dance tunes. 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. Her tales, Sogalikiosos: Maple Sugar Moon Stories and Fur Mittens and Showshoes illustrate how maple sugaring is one of the rare American agricultural processes that was not an import from European colonial methods, but rather was indigenous to the North American continent and was taught to European settlers by the Algonquin and Iroquois tribes.

Primitive Technologies

Primitive Technologies specializes in the replication of Native American culture. Founding director Jeff Kalin is skilled in all aspects of Native American indigenous arts, including wood-fired replica pottery hand-made 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."

Old Sturbridge Village celebrates life in the 1830s, and is one of the country’s largest living history museums. Located just off the Massachusetts Turnpike and Routes I-84 and 20 in Sturbridge, Mass., the Village is open year-round, but hours vary seasonally. Winter hours are Wed. - Sun. 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (the Village is open on all Monday holidays); Admission is: $24 for adults; $22 for seniors; $8 for children ages 3-17; children 2 and under are admitted free. Each admission includes free parking and a free second-day visit within 10 days. Woo Card subscribers get 25% of adult daytime admission; college Woo cardholders receive 50% off adult daytime admission. For event details, visit or call 800-SEE-1830.

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Ann Lindblad
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