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6th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival: A Celebration of Native American Art, Music, and Cultures

Presented by The Nolumbeka Project, Inc. at Unity Park Waterfront, , Turners Falls MA

Aug 03 - 04 2019
6th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival: A Celebration of Native American Art, Music, and Cultures

This educational, entertaining gathering welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds who seek better understanding of the history and continued existence of the indigenous cultures that inhabited the Northeast long before it was renamed New England.

This event was named in honor of the Pocumtuck Nation who lived here for 12,ooo years until colonialization.  The area has great historical and cultural significance to the tribes. The spirit of the festival is reminiscent of the annual gatherings that took place over millennia at the Great Falls (now a dam) when indigenous people from all over the Northeast and beyond celebrated and shared the abundance of the fish runs.

This year the Native American entertainers include the Kingfisher

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Free admission.

Contact: 4137739818


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On Saturday, August 3, in conjunction with the 6th Annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival, the Nolumbeka Project proudly presents Grammy Award winner Joanne Shenandoah at The Shea Theater, 71 Ave. A, Turners Falls, MA. 7:30 p.m. Opening: Bryan Blanchette. Tickets $20, $25 at the door. Seniors, students, $15, $20 at the door. Purchase at

Joanne Shenandoah, Ph.D., is one of “America’s most celebrated and critically acclaimed Native American musicians of her time”, Associated Press.  She is a Grammy Award winner with 3 Nominations, over 40 music awards (including 14 Native American Music awards – Hall of Fame Inductee) with music ranging from solo to full symphony and 23 recordings.  “Joanne Shenandoah is one of the finest attributes to Native American Music and Culture.”  – Neil Young

A member of The Wolf Clan of the Oneida Nation, Joanne Shenandoah was named "Tek-ya-wha-wha" at birth, which means “she sings” in the Oneida language. Growing up, Shenandoah studied voice, instrument, and tribal song, culminating in a lifelong relationship with music. Joanne Shenandoah draws upon a deep well of personal and historical knowledge of music to create rich and complex songs. Beyond being a highly decorated musician, she is a humanitarian, working as a peace advocate, earth and human rights speaker for justice and has captured the hearts of audiences all over the world She has received multiple awards and praise for her work to promote universal peace and understanding.  She is a direct descendent of the famed “Chief Shenandoah” who is noted to have been given a “Peace Medal” by George Washington and established Hamilton College, Clinton, NY (The Oneida Academy


Unity Park Waterfront,

1st Street, Turners Falls, MA 01376


    • Wheelchair Access

We will have reserved nearby parking for handicapped people. All restroom facilities are accessible.