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Schedule of Ceremonies and Events Set For  Annual Nipmuc Native American Indian Fair 

Sunday July 27th, 2008

GRAFTON, MASSACHUSETTS: The schedule of ceremonies and events for the Nipmuc Nationís 54th Native American Indian Fair have been set by Nipmuc Nation Chief Natachaman Walter Vickers, who will preside over the dayís events, and Nipmuc Nation Tribal Council member Bruce Curliss, master of ceremonies. The Native American Indian Fair will be held on the last Sunday of July from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Hassanamisco Nipmuc Reservation, 80 Brigham Hill Road in Grafton.

The following is the general schedule of events as provided by the Nipmuc Nation:



10:00 AM    Grounds open to the public
                    Good time to walk around, find a place to sit on the hill and visit vendors

11:15 AM    Lighting of the fire and preparing the circle for dancing and ceremonies

12:00 Noon    Naming Ceremony for Tribal members
                    Led by Chief Natachaman (Walter Vickers) and Elders of the Nation

12:30 PM     Children's activity - Open to all children who wish to participate
                    Led by Sherry Cavers

1:30 PM     Dancers will gather at the top of the hill for Grand Entry
                    Warm-up songs for drums present
                    Explanations and expectations of everyone for Grand Entry

2:00 PM     Grand Entry - (program in the circle officially begins)

                    Thanksgiving prayer (Invocation)

                    Calumet (Pipe Ceremony)

                    Welcome Dance

                    Greetings from various dignitaries

                    Introductions of dancers present

                    Various dances based on dancers present and styles of dance will be explained as they happen.

                    Audience participation dances

4:00 PM            Closing Prayer and Closing Song

The Nipmuc Nation Native American Fair features Native American food, music and ceremonials with dancers dressed in colorful, traditional Indian clothing. The Opening Ceremonies, featuring the Grand Entry, begin at 2:00 PM. Numerous Native American crafts and toys, jewelry, and garments will be on display and available for sale by exhibitors.

Admission to the Fair is by donation: $3.00 for adults, $1.00 for children. No pets please.

Parking is available at the Grafton Lions Club Park on Brigham Hill Road. Courtesy shuttle transportation to and from the Reservation grounds will be provided by Nipmuc Nation Transportation Services. Per arrangements with the Grafton Selectmen and the Grafton Police Department, traffic on Brigham Hill Road between Providence Road (municipal center) and North Brigham Hill Road will be one way (north) from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Sunday, July 29th. Traffic coming south on Brigham Hill Road will be diverted at North Brigham Hill onto Wheeler Road and onto Worcester Street. Overflow parking, if necessary, will be available at the Grafton Municipal Center with shuttle transportation provided to the Reservation grounds.

For Information:  Chief Natachaman Walter Vickers (508) 393-8860

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The 2003 Powwow

A four acre lot  on Brigham Hill Road in Grafton that has never been owned by the White Man was again the scene for the annual  Native American Fair to exhibit and honor Indian traditions. On July 27, 2003, Chief Walter Vickers, a Nipmuc, celebrated in the pipe ceremony  which gives thanks to the four winds, Mother Earth and the Great Spirit.

The day was filled with Indian food, including succotash and several dances , including a welcome dance, a snake dance, and an old age dance with dancers and natives dressed in colorful, traditional Indian clothing . A young boy participated in the Name Recognition ceremony where he received his new Indian name, "Born on Wednesday".

Numerous Indian crafts and toys, jewelry, garments were displayed by exhibitors of the Nipmuc, Pawnee and the Wampanaog tribes. This Fair was host to many inquisitive visitors spread throughout the four acre site during this warm and welcoming July Sunday afternoon.   This annual event is a lovely gathering as well as a connection to times past  where respect and honoring nature's elements was truly a part of everyday life.            

Come  Be  A  Part  of  The  Annual  Pow-Wow  on last Sunday in July  2007!