TURNERS FALLS, Mass. (WWLP) – It was back to basics Saturday in the Franklin County community of Turners Falls.
Primitive skills were demonstrated at the Pocumtuck Homelands Festival. It’s was a celebration of Native American art, music and culture.
Families of all backgrounds including some with Native American heritage enjoyed the festival’s period attractions which included pottery, beaded jewelry, herbs and wampum. There was a also a Wigwam and Tipi for kids to explore.
Nancy Farrington told 22News why they think a festival like this is important.
“I think people have forgotten to go back to the land and to be more simplified and to be more aware of what is happening on this earth and I think the American spirit is alive and strong.”
Turners Falls by the Connecticut River was is an area rich with tribal tradition. Tribes would gather there yearly during the fish run.