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Our last event was our "Connecticut Christmas Powwow & Seminar co-sponsored with Venture Crew 4 in Torrington, CT on Saturday, December 13th, 2014 

Our next event will be a return to Barnes Air National Guard base on Saturday, February 14, 2015 for a Gourd Dance and Powwow

Our first event flyer appears below and may be downloaded.  It will be updated as more details are added.



 


Pow-wows:  Traditionally, the American Indianist Society sponsors two major pow-wows. One is held during the Memorial Day Weekend at the end of May and the other during Columbus Day Weekend in October.  These coincide with the three day holiday weekends.  Throughout the year, there are many pow-wows which are supported by members of the American Indianist Society.
 
Craft Shows: At pow-wows members display their own craft work and study the craftwork of others.  The shows are usually held in the arbor and the craftwork is displayed on blankets or benches. Ribbons are awarded, but awards are really secondary to the learning potential presented to those who attend the show.
 
Educational Seminars:  Periodically, the American Indianist Society sponsors or assists at workshops and seminars on various craft techniques, dance steps, specific regalia, and singing.  These workshops are announced in our newsletter, Talking Leaves.
 
Artifact Sales:  Besides being a fund raiser for our organization, artifact sales are one way to recycle items not needed or outgrown with the intention of making them available to someone looking to put an outfit together and could use a good deal.  Persons who present items for the artifact sale may either donate the item to our organization or receive a percentage of the final auction price with the proceeds going into our general fund.
 
Marie Radice Award:  This award is presented for excellence in Native American craftwork and research.  Marie had been making Native American regalia for many years and she was known for her intensive research and precise attention to detail.  Marie's craftwork sets a standard of excellence we should strive to achieve.  This award is now given in her memory.
 
Fashion Shows: In addition to craft shows, fashion shows display the rich variety of American Indian regalia.  This show can inspire you to dreate your own clothes or can provide ideas and techniques as to how to improve your own clothing projects.

Barnes Gourd Dance & Powwow Flyer
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This is the first flyer for our 2015 Barnes Winter Social featuring an afternoon Gourd Dance session followed by a Pot Luck Feast and concluding with an evening Powwow Dance session.
The 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard allows us to use their cafeteria for this event.
We need to furnish them with a Visitors List containing the names and drivers license numbers of all adults as well as the names of all persons under the age of 18 no later than Friday, Janujary 30, 2015.
To have your name {and those in your group} added to the Visitors List, you may call Dave Winer at 617-963-6938 or email your list with a phone number for a contact person to:

ais-registration@earthlink.net.

It is better to have a "maybe attending" person listed than miss the cutoff date of Friday, January 30, 2015. After that it will be too late to update the list.
Please note that it is advised to bring a cooler with your own refreshments. Coffee / tea / water will be available. Between the afternoon and evening sessions we will have a Pot Luck Feast {plenty of hook-ups available for crock pots} or you may seek food from nearby restaurants in Westfield, Massachusetts.
Cafeteria is the first building on the right after you pass through the security gate at 140 Falcon Drive, Westfield, Massachusetts. Parking is behind the building.

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