ABOVE: The Cisco Homestead as it appeared around the end of the 19th century (or c. 1900), and
BELOW: The Homestead as it appears today undergoing restoration to its appearance during this time period. Photo credit: Margaret Haynes.
This graveyard contains the remains of the “Praying Indians” of the Hassanamesit Praying Plantation established by English missionary John Eliot in 1664. In an attempt to civilize the Native population, plantations or towns were created in Nipmuc territory where Nipmucs could live in frame houses, attend church, and otherwise emulate the English surrounding them. In the mid-1800s, the road pictured above was created bisecting the original graveyard. Remains found over the years as the road was continually improved and widened were placed to the west of the roadway. Sometime in the 1920s, a structure of granite retaining walls and steps were placed to formalize the graveyard and create a resting place for any other remains found. The graveyard is kept and watched over to this day by both the Nipmuc tribe and the Town of Grafton.
Information courtesy of Pam Ellis, Natick Nipmuc Tribal Council
2010 Deer Island Memorial
Friday, October 29, 2010 & Saturday, October 30, 2010
October 30, 1675 marked the forced removal of American Indians from what is now South Natick to Deer Island in Boston Harbor, roughly two months after the outbreak of what the English called “King Philip’s War. “ Without adequate food, clothing, shelter or medicine, the majority of the people, mostly women, children, and elders, perished during their imprisonment.
Some survived to return to Natick and the other Praying Towns and joined their relations who had fought and survived the military engagements of the war. Through this Memorial, we honor the sacrifice and survival of all of our ancestors.
Please feel free to join the program at any point along the way.
Friday, October 29, 2010
4:00 am Fasting, Prayer, Pipe Ceremony, Spirit Fire @ Hassanamisco Nipmuc Reservation , Grafton, MA
5:00 pm Spirit Fire
6:00 pm Prayer Circle and Pipe Ceremony conducted by Chief Natachaman, Walter Vickers
Donations of firewood and bottled water gratefully accepted. Please bring a chair and blanket. The fast will begin Friday at First Light – some will end the fast at First Light on Saturday. Others will continue to fast until the Community Meal at the Potluck Feast.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
5:00 am – 1:30 pm Sacred Run and Paddle
5:00 am Sacred Run from the Falls at S. Natick to Watertown boat ramp on Charles River Road
The Sacred Run is twelve miles and will proceed along Route 16 to the boat ramp in Watertown on Charles River Road. Runners must provide their own transportation from Watertown.
8:00 am Sacred Paddle from Watertown to Deer Island
The Sacred Paddle will proceed down the Charles River and through the Inner Harbor to Deer Island. Paddlers must provide their own canoes or kayaks and transportation from Deer Island.
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Deer Island Prayer Circle and Pipe Ceremony
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm Potluck Feast & Social
Host Drum: Quabbin Lake Singers (Nipmuc)
MC: Larry Spotted Crow Mann (Nipmuc)
Location: Natick Elks, 99 Speen St., Natick MA 01760
Please bring a potluck dish to share.
319 Speen Street
Natick, MA 01760
Red Roof Inn
650 Cochituate Road
Framingham, MA 01701
1350 Worcster Road
Natick, MA 01760
The Fair (or Powwow as some call it) was held on the last Sunday of July on the reservation. Our Fair tends to be small and casual, no paid Head Dancers, no prize money for best dancers - just family, friends, and some tourists.
Here are some pictures taken at the Fair by Nia Holley:
This post is in response to the Carnival of African-American Genealogy, 4th edition.
I have always lived in the Northeast of the United States, except for the 10 years that I lived in the Washington, DC area after college. I never thought much about freedom growing up. I lived in a small city where minorities had always been present and few. In fact, most of us lived in one of two neighborhoods in the city. While I had been called the N-word every now and then through the years, I never thought that being who I was gave me less freedom than others.
During my senior year in high school, I accidently found an application to Howard University in Washington, DC in the school library. DC seemed far enough away so I applied. I had never heard of Howard before that moment. I got accepted to Howard and more than a few other schools but Howard gave me a full scholarship so I accepted and my parents made plans to drive me down to DC.
My mother had never been out of our city before and I had never been further than Long Island. Driving down Georgia Avenue, we were stunned. The sidewalks were full of Black people – the whole sidewalk! We had never seen such a thing. We were awestruck! We had lived our entire lives in a place where most of the people didn’t look anything like us and neither of us ever even considered that there might be a place where everyone looked like us.
That is when I knew what freedom really was. I didn’t have to be smarter or prettier or quieter or better than anyone else. I could just be me. I was in a place where the color of my skin didn’t matter (much). And there were plenty of folks my shade. Growing up I always felt different even if I didn’t really know why.I loved my years in DC and the surrounding areas. I moved back to Massachusetts for family reasons several years ago but go back frequently to visit. I hope to retire to Maryland if I live that long.
So What is Freedom to Me? The Opportunity to Be Me.
This is a new blog so that I can document my own ancestries (Native American and African-American sprinkled with a bit of European) and other African and Native American families from here in New England.
Family names I hope to document here include:
Toney, Scott, Hazzard, Hazard, Pegan, Quow, Harry, Storms, and Bostic.
Hopefully I will update on a regular basis with new and exciting info. And maybe even meet some distant cousins researching the same names.Aquene, Cheryll