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.
28 September 2010
22 September 2010
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