UMass Amherst hosts celebration for Native American population

Some came from different places around the world

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Native Americans from all over New England celebrated their cultures Saturday at the Curry Hicks Cage on the University of Massachusetts campus.

Some even came from different countries. Ester Orellusa traveled over 6,000 miles from Chile to share the cultural excitement, and commonalities she has with Native Americans

Orellusa told 22News, “We consider ourselves the first people in this land, this great continent of the north and the south and to bring honor to mother earth.”

UMass student, Jasmine Rochelle Goodspeed, is from the Nipmuc nation. She and her Native American classmates organized Saturday’s 36th annual UMass powwow.

Debra Spears Morehead, of the Wampanoag nation, came from Rhode Island to share in the festivities and the expressions of togetherness.

Morehead told 22News, “This is an expression of Native Americans coming together we’re honoring students at UMass Amherst and they do a really good job with this.”

In addition to the dancing dating back centuries there was storytelling designed to express feelings of togetherness. They all came together to share and strengthen their cultures.