Bedford Area Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration on Oct. 8

September 27, 2023
Cheenulka Pocknett (Mashpee Wampanoag) Artistic Director, Red Hawk Singers and Dancers. Courtesy Photo

Join in a multi-town celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day from1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8 at Middlesex Community College. This free event for people of all ages will feature a fun and educational performance by the Mashpee Wampanoag Red Hawk Singers and Dancers.

Through song, dance, and teachings, the Red Hawk Singers and Dancers promote traditional Wampanoag values such as humility and respect to create true connections between diverse cultures and communities. This year’s IPD celebration will also highlight the work of local artisans Claudia Fox Tree (Arawak/Yurumein) of Arawak Design and Xochi Kountz of Crafts for Justice. Event co-sponsors will host informational tables to share the important work they do.

The program will take place on the central quad at Middlesex Community College, Springs Road in Bedford. The performance begins at 1 p.m. and will last approximately one hour. Vendor and co-sponsor tables will be staffed until 3 p.m. Plenty of free parking is available.

Bring your own chairs/blankets for seating. In the event of rain, festivities will be held in the nearby East Café.

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Veterans are welcome and encouraged to attend. A free public shuttle service will run to and from the VA Bedford between noon and 5 p.m. Disabled American Veterans will provide a shuttle service from other locations across the state. For more info, visit DAV.org.

This event is sponsored by the Bedford Parents Diversity Council; Indigenous Peoples Day Bedford; VA Bedford Health Care System; Middlesex Community College; Bedford Embraces Diversity; Bedford Youth and Family Services; Lexington Human Rights Committee; Indivisible Acton Area; Indivisible LAB (Lexington, Arlington, Bedford & Beyond); and the Maynard Anti-Racism Alliance.

For more information, contact [email protected].

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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