Ipswich’s “Agawam Summer Gathering”
Celebrates Native American Culture on June 20th
Ipswich’s Agawam Summer Gathering will bring together Native and non-Native people from around New England at the Town Hall field at 25 Green St. Prominent Wampanoag, Ponkapoag, Nipmuck and Abenaki speakers and artists will give talks, do crafts for kids, provide music and give dancing demonstrations.
The day begins at 10 a.m. when Native speakers will provide a rare insight into the history and culture of Native people in this area. Then, there will be a powwow at 1 p.m. Admission is $10 ($5 after 1 p.m.) or free if you have an Ipswich 375th Celebration button. This event is part of the year long Ipswich 375th.
Ancient Agawam covered a vast area from Gloucester in the east to Andover in the west and from Beverly and Danvers to the south to Newbury in the north. The area was inhabited by people for at least 10,500 years before the arrival of Europeans. Today, Native people live in every community in this area. And, many Americans are part Native.
The goal of the Agawam Summer Gathering is to promote an understanding of and an appreciation for the Native people who live in this region, where they came from and who they are.
Advance tickets ($10) are available in Ipswich at Wolf Hollow on Essex Road, River’s Edge on Market Street and Ipswich One-Hour Photo on Hammatt Street. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. People with a 375th button and children 5 and under are admitted free. If it rains, the event will be held at Ipswich High School, 146 High St.
Contact: Will Maker, 978-356-5753, firstname.lastname@example.org