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Our last event was our Homecoming Powwow, Saturday, October 3rd, at 4-H Camp Marshall in Spencer, Massachusetts.

Our next event tentatively scheduled for Saturday, February 13th, 2016 at the Cafeteria at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Massachusetts. This event has been supported by the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard. Traditionally we have a Gourd Dance session in the afternoon co-sponsored with the Northeast Gourd Clan. Following that we have a potluck feast before the evening dance session featuring Northern & Southern Drums.

A flyer will be posted soon with details. Each year we assemble a Visitors List for the Air Base containing the names and drivers license numbers of all adults over the age of 18 as well as a list of anyone under the age of 18 that wishes to attend. We do not keep lists from previous attendance and require a new list each year. Now is a good time to check with family and friends and put together your own listings so that it can be submitted as soon as we have the date confirmed {usually by the end of December}. Please check back here for instructions on how to submit your Visitors List.

As soon as it is available, you will be able to print a copy of the event flyer to bring with you as you check in at the Security Gate {use 75 Falcon Road, Westfield, Massachusetts in your GPS or map program for directions}

Pow-wows:  Traditionally, the American Indianist Society sponsors two major pow-wows. One is held during the Memorial Day Weekend at the end of May and the other during Columbus Day Weekend in October.  These coincide with the three day holiday weekends.  Throughout the year, there are many pow-wows which are supported by members of the American Indianist Society.
Craft Shows: At pow-wows members display their own craft work and study the craftwork of others.  The shows are usually held in the arbor and the craftwork is displayed on blankets or benches. Ribbons are awarded, but awards are really secondary to the learning potential presented to those who attend the show.
Educational Seminars:  Periodically, the American Indianist Society sponsors or assists at workshops and seminars on various craft techniques, dance steps, specific regalia, and singing.  These workshops are announced in our newsletter, Talking Leaves.
Artifact Sales:  Besides being a fund raiser for our organization, artifact sales are one way to recycle items not needed or outgrown with the intention of making them available to someone looking to put an outfit together and could use a good deal.  Persons who present items for the artifact sale may either donate the item to our organization or receive a percentage of the final auction price with the proceeds going into our general fund.
Marie Radice Award:  This award is presented for excellence in Native American craftwork and research.  Marie had been making Native American regalia for many years and she was known for her intensive research and precise attention to detail.  Marie's craftwork sets a standard of excellence we should strive to achieve.  This award is now given in her memory.
Fashion Shows: In addition to craft shows, fashion shows display the rich variety of American Indian regalia.  This show can inspire you to dreate your own clothes or can provide ideas and techniques as to how to improve your own clothing projects.

Previous Flyer for February 14, 2015
As soon as new flyer is available it will appear here


As soon as it is available, the flyer for the 2016 Barnes Gourd Dance & Powwow will appear here

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